Buffalo Bills OT Rodger Saffold injured in car crash, starts camp on NFI roster

PITTSFORD, NY – Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Rodger Saffold opens training camp on the non-football injury list after injuring his ribs in a car accident.

Coach Sean McDermott announced Saffold’s status ahead of the team’s first practice on Sunday, saying the accident happened within the past two weeks. Saffold, 34, was in the opener and is expected to be the team’s starter at left guard when healthy.

“You don’t want to put a timeline on that, but it usually takes a while. I mean, it’s hard for him to sleep. Anyone who’s ever broken his ribs can probably talk about that,” the man said. general manager Brandon Beane. “He’s in pain. Luckily, you know, that was it. Every time you have a car accident, it can be life-threatening. But we’re glad it’s the worst. There’s never a good time, but probably better now than in the season. And so, we will be patient.

Beane added that the Bills expect Saffold to return before the start of the season.

Cornerback Tre’Davious White starts camp on the roster physically unable to perform as he continues to recover from a torn ACL he suffered on Thanksgiving.

“He’s on schedule. He looks really good,” McDermott said. “He works hard, and I mean, Tre is a consummate pro. So that hasn’t changed, and we’re just excited to get him back when we can get him back.”

Beane said White is “dying to get back out there” but the team won’t rush him.

McDermott said White is on schedule for his rehab. Defensive lineman Eli Ankou (calf) and offensive lineman Ike Boettger (Achilles) are also on the PUP list.

Safety Jordan Poyer, 31, was present and participated despite being asked for a contract extension through his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, during the offseason.

Poyer is in the final year of his contract and was named to the All Pro first team for the first time in his career in 2021. Rosenhaus attended Sunday practice and has planned to meet Beane. Poyer said he was “optimistic” that something could be done.

“Drew is here today talking to Brandon, and I know they’re both working on things on either side,” Poyer said. “I’m really excited to be here with my teammates and seeing the guys again and starting this journey and trying to improve every day.”

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