The Bills signed Orchard to a one-year deal Monday, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports. Orchard was released by the Browns in early September as part of the team's final roster cuts. The Bills hope the former second-round draft pick will bolster their defensive line as a pass rusher, a role he's been familiar with throughout his career. The 25-year-old defensive end has five sacks in 34 games.
Orchard (groin) was limited during Thursday's practice. With dynamic edge rusher Myles Garrett (ankle) sidelined for at least the next two weeks, the Browns will expect Orchard to take on a bigger role on the defensive line. However, he hasn't been able to practice at full capacity since injuring his groin, although his limited participation in the last two days lends some optimism for his Week 1 status.
Orchard (groin) returned to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Orchard could be called upon for a serious role sooner than expected since Myles Garrett left Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury that the Browns fear could keep him out for weeks. However, there's no definitive ruling on Orchard or Garrett, but this is definitely a pair to keep an eye on.
Orchard will sit out Monday's exhibition with the Giants due to a groin injury, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Orchard tallied two tackles and a half sack in the team's first preseason game. It's unclear if he sustained the groin injury during that contest or in a recent practice, but either way, he'll be unavailable Monday. The 24-year-old is looking to secure a spot on the final roster, so his quick return to practice will be essential to those efforts.
Orchard (groin) is active Sunday against the Bengals. Orchard was limited in practice all week, but will suit up and presumably take on a meaningful snap count from the outside linebacker spot in the Week 13 contest.
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