PITTSFORD – Trent Murphy does not sound close to a return for the Buffalo Bills.
The veteran defensive end was held out of practice Wednesday as the team concluded training camp at St. John Fisher College because of a groin injury coach Sean McDermott described as “a little nagging right now.”
“We’re trying to figure it out, honestly,” McDermott said. “I think it’s not a ‘want to’ at all with Trent, as you guys have gotten to know him as we have.”
McDermott was asked if Murphy could be shut down until the start of the regular season in an effort to have him completely healed. The coach didn’t rule out the possibility, saying “we’ve just got to find the right formula right now and we’re working hard at it.”
Also not practicing Wednesday were receiver Brandon Reilly (ribs) and defensive tackle Marquavius Lewis (ankle). Rookie receiver Ray-Ray McCloud wore a red noncontact jersey as he makes his way back from an undisclosed injury.
2. A fullback swap.
Rookie undrafted free agent fullback Zach Olstad was waived/injured because of an ankle injury. To fill his roster spot, the team signed fullback Sam Rogers. A former sixth-round draft pick of the Rams in 2017, Rogers spent last year on Los Angeles’ practice squad. He was released in May.
Rogers played collegiately at Virginia Tech. A former walk-on, he eventually played in 53 career games with the Hokies and served as a team captain. He capped his senior season in 2016 by rushing 15 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-10 victory over rival Virginia in his final home game.
3. McDermott addresses Corey Coleman’s trade request.
During Tuesday night’s episode of HBO’s "Hard Knocks," Bills receiver Corey Coleman is shown going into Cleveland coach Hue Jackson’s office and saying, “If you don’t want me to play, why don’t y’all just trade me,” after he was demoted to the second team. The Browns did just that, sending the 2016 first-round draft pick to the Bills in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick.
McDermott was asked Wednesday if the Bills were aware of Coleman’s trade request.
“We gathered as much information as we can and Brandon (Beane) and his staff do a really good job of that,” McDermott said. “In this case, I can’t honestly say that I tune into that. I’m focused on our team quite honestly. We’re aware of a lot of things.”
Coleman is expected to make his Bills debut Friday against the Browns.
“We’re getting to the point now where it needs to be … ‘Here’s the playbook, you’ve got to know it.’ There will be some clarity around what his role is Friday night, so the biggest thing is that we want him to come out, play fast, and play physical,” McDermott said.
4. Heading home.
The Bills headed home to Orchard Park after Wednesday’s practice, wrapping up their 19th training camp at St. John Fisher. The team will hold a walk-through before traveling to Cleveland. Any reunion with former quarterback Tyrod Taylor might have to wait.
“I don’t know if it will happen in this game necessarily, but I can just tell you that I have a ton of respect for Tyrod,” McDermott said. “We certainly shared some moments last year together and he was instrumental in us making the playoffs. I’ve got a ton of respect for his family and how hard the young man works and the great intangibles that he holds and possesses. I wish him nothing but the best. For us, certainly, we’ve moved forward and I know he has as well.”