The Bills signed Poyer -- who spent the last three seasons in Cleveland -- to rebuild a secondary that lost some key members this offseason. The way things look today, he'd be a starting safety for new head coach Sean McDermott and coordinator Leslie Frazier, along with fellow newcomer Micah Hyde.
The Bills lost two starters Thursday, as stud corner Stephon Gilmore signed to the Patriots and Aaron Williams (neck) was let go, but they instantly found some replacements in safeties Poyer and Micah Hyde. The Bills do have Hyde and Corey Graham as veteran safeties, so it's unclear right now if Poyer will have a chance to start or he'll provide valuable depth.
As expected, the safety was placed on the IR after being taken to the hospital due to vicious hit he received in Sunday's loss to the Titans. He was diagnosed with a lacerated kidney, which takes around four months to recover from, so the team decided to effectively end the 25-year-old's season. In his fifth season, Poyer recorded 39 tackles and two passes defensed in six games, one of the lone bright spots on an abyssal Cleveland squad. The
Poyer (lacerated kidney) remains hospitalized and could be ruled out for the remainder of the season, Cleveland.com reports.
Poyer, the Browns' starting free safety, was taken to the hospital in the second quarter of Sunday's action and was diagnosed with a lacerated kidney. Per the source, he could be in recovery for over fourth months, depending on the grade of the laceration. While nothing is for certain at this point in time, it doesn't sound as if Poyer will be able to retake the field anytime soon.
According to head coach Hue Jackson,
Poyer was originally thought just to have a head injury, but it appears as if the matter is much more serious than first anticipated. At this point, Poyer is a long shot to play in Week 7's matchup against the Bengals. He doesn't have an immediate backup listed on the
|P2||8/17/17||@ PHI||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ BAL||7:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|9||11/2/17||@ NYJ||8:25 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
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