If the Bills expect to see receivers Kolby Listenbee or Marcus Easley on the field this season, they’ll need to be activated by Monday.
Rex Ryan says he wouldn’t count on it.
Easley remains on the reserve/physically unable to perform list after dislocating his left kneecap and fracturing the bone in three places late last season. Listenbee, the team’s sixth-round draft pick, is on the reserve/non-football injury list after having surgery for a double sports hernia last March. He said he’s also been dealing with a hip injury, as well.
“It’s up to the doctors, but I don’t think I’m playing this year,” said Listenbee, who has been in the Bills locker room almost every day this season. “It’s just a year for me to gain wisdom and get my body healed so I can come back for a strong 2017.”
Listenbee said in addition to the hernias, he’s also experiencing pain from some pelvic instability that resulted from a hit in college.
“It’s always been my adductors,” he said, referencing the upper leg/midsection muscles that were injured with the hernia, “and then my pelvis, my pelvis has always been an issue too. Everybody’s been saying it’s the double sports hernia but the pelvis has always been an issue too.
“I had a play at TCU where I injured it and my tailbone was hurting, it shot through my tailbone and my pelvis was shifting, getting shot up; each game kind of like made it worse.”
Listenbee still managed to run the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.39 seconds at the NFL Combine before getting the hernia surgery. He said he’s working with trainers to strengthen muscles around the pelvis – which is made up of several small bones – and added that he’s still experiencing pain when he cuts or slows down, or when he’s been running for an extended period of time.
“It shifted whenever I landed and it just kind of moves more than it should. Instability,” he said. “Rehab can get it more stable, get it stronger around the area so it can brace it.”
The players have to be transferred to injured reserve if they’re not activated by Monday. (Sammy Watkins, who is currently on injured reserve, is eligible to return to practice as soon as he's cleared by doctors.)
“Hopefully I can get Rookie of the Year,” Listenbee said of 2017. “That’d be cool.”