The Buffalo Bills are wrapping up their investigation into the arrest of offensive line coach Aaron Kromer for allegedly punching a teenage boy, and a decision on his future with the team could be known before the end of the week, the News has learned.
If Kromer is dismissed, the Bills would likely promote assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson to offensive line coach, an NFL source said.
The Bills, who are scheduled to open training camp at St. John Fisher College on July 31, have worked closely with the NFL in investigating Kromer's arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge in Walton County, Florida, on July 12. They put the 48-year-old Kromer on indefinite paid administrative leave two days later, and, the league source said, are solely responsible for any disciplinary action with Kromer.
Kromer is due in court on Aug. 12, when he is expected to enter a plea. However, the Bills are not obligated to wait for that or any plea deal the coach might work out with prosecutors, according to the NFL source, and there are strong indications they won't.
Kromer's son, Zachery Kromer, 21, also was charged with misdemeanor battery connected with the incident involving his father. The younger Kromer has entered a written plea of not guilty, and is due to appear in court on Sept. 2 for a pretrial hearing.
The source said that if the Bills dismiss Kromer, they would follow a course of firing him with cause and, therefore, not pay him his salary, believed to be slightly more than $1 million annually. Kromer then could file a grievance.