Kroft (knee) will be joined by 2019 draft picks Dawson Knox (No. 96 overall) and Tommy Sweeney (No. 228) at tight end, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
It's actually a pretty good outcome for Kroft, who signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract in March while rehabbing from season-ending foot surgery. The Bills can get out of the deal without much pain after one season, but they won't have an obvious replacement based on their 2019 draft picks. Knox finished his Ole Miss career with a 39-605-0 receiving line and was largely selected on the basis of workout numbers, while Sweeney's subpar speed caps his pass-catching upside. Jason Croom is the biggest threat to steal targets from Kroft in 2019.
Per the report, Kroft's deal is for three years and worth $18.75 million. The 26-year-old was limited to four catches for 36 yards in five games this past season, but considering the terms of the 2015 third-rounder's deal, the Bills are banking on Kroft recovering fully from the foot injury that derailed his fourth season with the Bengals. When Kroft played a full slate in 2017, he hauled in 42 passes for 404 yards and seven TDs. He'll now slot in as Buffalo's top pass-catching option at tight end.
Kroft underwent season-ending foot surgery Friday and will be placed on injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Kroft missed the Bengals' past four games due to a fractured foot and had yet to resume practicing since suffering the injury. His limited progress prompted the Bengals to send him in for surgery, making Kroft the team's fourth tight end to land on IR this season. Cincinnati signed linebacker Brandon Bell off its practice squad to take Kroft's spot on the 53-man roster.
Kroft (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Kroft has yet to resume practicing since fracturing his right foot Oct. 7 against the Dolphins, so it comes as little surprise that he'll be sidelined for a fifth straight game. With Kroft out of the picture, Matthew Lengel is expected to act as the top backup to starting tight end C.J. Uzomah, who has been handling the overwhelming share of the offensive snaps at the position for more than a month.
Kroft (foot) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Kroft hasn't been officially ruled out for Sunday's game in Baltimore, but with back-to-back absences at practice Wednesday and Thursday, it appears safe to conclude he won't be available this weekend. The 26-year-old has missed the Bengals' past four contests, allowing C.J. Uzomah to seize control of the starting tight end role following the season-ending injury to Tyler Eifert (ankle).