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Report: Taylor medically cleared from surgery

The Buffalo Bills have medically cleared Tyrod Taylor from his groin surgery in January, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.

Schefter said the information came from a team source.

An injury clause in Taylor's contract means, if he can't pass a physical examination by the March 11 deadline the Bills have to decide whether to pick up the option on extending his deal, the team would automatically owe him his $27.5 million guarantee.

Otherwise, the Bills could release Taylor, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.

It's possible Taylor could challenge the team's determination that he is fully recovered, although that doesn't seem likely because he would figure to draw interest in the open market.

On Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the Bills were likely to retain Taylor.

At last month's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said the team expected Taylor to be medically cleared since the surgery he underwent shortly after the team's regular-season finale against the New York Jets.

No team official has spoken publicly since. New coach Sean McDermott is expected to address reporters at next week's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Whaley might also speak with the media then.

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