Listenbee, who underwent three different surgeries in 2016 for hernia/pelvis issues, is expected to be fully cleared by training camp. "I talked to the surgeon when I first had surgery and he said four months for a full recovery," he the receiver. "They've also said that I won't be back until training camp. So when we get to OTAs I should be able to run, but it might just be on the side. Just learning technique and walking through plays so I can be ready for training camp."
Listenbee missed his entire rookie season following his sixth-round selection out of TCU. He'll have to impress a brand new coaching staff -- one that didn't select him -- in order to land a roster spot. However, if he can finally get back to full health he has a few things working in his favor, namely his world-class speed and the lack of signed receiving options that are locked with the Bills.
Listenbee had a second surgery this week to address continued complications with a hernia, BuffaloBills.com reports.
The rookie wideout had a metal plate surgically implanted on his pelvis to correct the problem, so he should be fine for spring and summer work following a lost season. The speedster was selected in the sixth round out of TCU.
Coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Listenbee, a sixth-round rookie out of TCU, still isn't ready to practice as he recovers from double hernia surgery, The Buffalo News reports.
Even though the Bills have been decimated at wideout all season, there's simply not going to be enough time for this year to be anything more than rehab and learning for the speedy rookie, who's incredibly raw but may also be one of the NFL's fastest players once he's back.
Listenbee will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. The Bills have a major logjam at wide receiver and with some tough roster decisions to make, may just stash the speedy Listenbee away for the bulk of the season and then work on his upside once he's fully healthy and more prepared for action.