Bills To Be Without Defensive Lineman, Receiver

The Buffalo Bills announced on Saturday that WR Marcus Easley and DT Torell Troup did not make the trip to Kansas City for their game against the Chiefs.  Easley has been dealing with an illness while Troup’s back is the source of his trouble.

Easley missed all of 2010 after a knee injury landed him on injured reserve.  He had been serving as the team’s primary kick returner in the preseason and was expected to be a reserve receiver, leaving the Bills with one less option in the passing game for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

QB Brad Smith is likely to get more touches to make up for Easley’s absence.

Troup, on the other hand, played in 15 games in his rookie season in 2010, recording 23 tackles, including four in the final game of last season.  Troup also had two tackles in each of the final two preseason games for Buffalo.  Losing an important piece to the Bills defensive line will force a lot of shuffling and should prove to be good news for Jamaal Charles as he looks to repeat last season’s 177 yard performance.

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