Kolby Listenbee's career with the Buffalo Bills is over before it ever got started.
The team released Listenbee, a 2016 sixth-round draft pick out of TCU, Tuesday and filled the roster spot by signing wide receiver Rashad Ross.
Listenbee spent his rookie season on the non-football injury list after having surgery for a double sports hernia in March 2016. Before that procedure, he ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, which was second fastest among receivers at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. Shortly after he was drafted, Listenbee confidently declared himself the NFL's fastest player "because I can go to the Olympics if I wanted to."
He won't get that chance in Buffalo because of injury. He told The Buffalo News' Nick Veronica in November that he was dealing with instability in one of his hips that resulted from a hit in college.
"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," he said. "Each game kind of like made it worse."
He underwent a surgery in December to correct the issue, but never was cleared to practice fully. Because he was injured in college, Listenbee was released with a non-football injury designation.
Blessed & Highly Favored 🙌🏽 thanks for the chance, the healing & the love. Also, for drafting me and making my dream come true @buffalobills
— Kolby Listenbee ™️ (@List10bee_Swagg) June 6, 2017
Taking Listenbee's place is Ross, a 27-year-old who has played in 18 games over the last two seasons with Washington. He is expected to compete with Brandon Tate for the kick returner job, and owns a career-long return of 101 yards with the Redskins in 2015. On that play, Ross reached a top speed of 21.5 miles per hour, which made it the fastest play in the NFL in 2015 – part of the reason he's nicknamed, "The Rocket."
A former underrated free agent of the Tennessee Titans, he has bounced around the league as a member of the practice squad for the Chiefs, Bears and Redskins prior to joining their 53-man roster.
The Bills now have a full 90-man roster, meaning if they want to sign free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who is reportedly visiting Tuesday, they will have to make another roster move.