Bills DL Troup Tells AP He’ll Have Back Surgery

In revealing then nature of the injury for the first time since being placed on injured reserve two weeks ago, Troup told The Associated Press on Monday that he should be fully recovered in about three months. That’s a timetable that will allow him to be ready for the start of spring minicamps.

The second-year player added the operation will also address a pre-existing back problem that’s bothered him since the start of training camp.

“I’ll be fine,” Troup said.

Later, on his Twitter account, Troup wrote that surgery has been scheduled for Friday. He then added: “I’m ready to get this over so i can be the player i was in the preseason. Will feel good to not be in pain everyday.”

Troup said he attempted to play through the spine injury after he was hurt in Buffalo’s preseason finale against Detroit on Sept. 1. Troup, who also broke his right hand in training camp, said he didn’t want to leave the team short-handed because of a nagging foot injury that eventually landed starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams on IR last month.

After missing the first three games of the season in a bid to rest the injury, Troup wound up playing sparingly in six of the next eight games before the pain in his back became too severe.

Drafted in the second round out of Central Florida, Troup had 23 tackles in 15 games, including three starts, as a rookie.

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Bills Release DL Marcus Stroud

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The released defensive lineman Marcus Stroud in a move on Wednesday that freed up salary and playing time for the team’s young and developing players.

Stroud’s departure was not considered a surprise after the 10-year NFL veteran struggled in making the transition in Buffalo’s switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme. Stroud was scheduled to make $10 million in base salary over the final two years of his contract, including $4.5 million next season.

Stroud also proved expendable after the Bills selected defensive linemen Torell Troup and Alex Carrington in the second and third rounds of the draft last year. Both are expected to compete for additional playing time next season.

The Bills had no comment aside from announcing Stroud’s release.

Stroud is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, who completed his third season in Buffalo after being acquired in a trade with Jacksonville in March 2008.

He showed up to training camp in July leaner in preparing to make the switch from defensive tackle to end in the Bills’ new scheme. However, he struggled along with an entire defense that finished 24th in the NFL in yards allowed and last in yards rushing. The Bills finished 4-12 and opened the season losing their first eight games.

Stroud finished last season with 49 tackles and three sacks — matching the most he had since 2007 — in 15 games, including 14 starts. In three seasons with Buffalo, he had 7½ sacks in 46 games.

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LaDainian Tomlinson Is Rested and Ready for Colts

The 31-year-old Tomlinson actually did have an incentive to play: he was 86 yards from what would have been his ninth 1,000-yard season, and the . But Ryan is persuasive. Tomlinson decided to watch from the sideline.

“As I told him, 1,000 yards would have been great, no question, but I didn’t come here to rush for 1,000 yards,” Tomlinson said after practice Wednesday. “ in my career, and that’s not important to me. What’s important to me is playing in this tournament and having that opportunity to win a championship.”

Tomlinson’s first season with the Jets has been designed for the long haul. Ryan regularly held him out of Wednesday practices later in the regular season. He had of the season but only 96 carries in the last eight games.

After last season, in which he rushed for a career-low 730 yards for San Diego, Tomlinson signed a two-year contract with the Jets, but it was widely thought he would be a complement to Shonn Greene. . Now, both are fresh.

“I think we’re going to have a big game from him,” Ryan said of Tomlinson as the Jets prepared for Saturday’s A.F.C. playoff game against Indianapolis. “I think there’ll be an opportunity for both of these backs.”

Tomlinson has never played in a , let alone helped his team win one — a dream of his, he said, since he was 6. He against New England in the 2007 season’s A.F.C. championship game because he had been injured a week earlier.

He has only 327 yards in seven playoff games in his career, four of which ended in losses. But he has another chance to play Saturday, and he is ready to go. The Jets need him and Greene to run the ball hard, in part, to keep it away from quarterback .

“This is the time of year I look forward to,” Tomlinson said.

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