Kroft (left ankle) will not play this week against the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Rapoport's source says the new injury -- Kroft is also recovering from a broken right foot -- is not long term in nature and he'll have a chance to make his Bills debut against the Patriots next week. But he'll miss an opportunity to play against his former team in Week 3, likely a bummer for the tight end after he's been working diligently to recover from the foot injury.
Kroft, who's coming back from a broken foot, is not practicing Friday after injuring his left ankle during Thursday's session, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Kroft was trending toward making his Bills debut, but that's probably not going to happen until at least Week 4. The only slight positive is that the new injury is his left ankle, while the broken foot was the right side. Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney should get a few extra looks this week against the Bengals, though neither rookie is getting enough target volume to be a fantasy option in a non-bye weekend.
Kroft suffered a left ankle injury at Thursday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
After missing the first two games of the season while recovering from a broken right foot, Kroft looked poised to make his season debut Sunday versus Cincinnati following his full participation in practice Wednesday. While it's fortunate that Kroft's setback Thursday wasn't to his right leg, the injury nonetheless clouds his availability for Week 3. Dawson Knox would continue to act as the Bills' top pass-catching tight end if Kroft is forced to miss another contest.
Kroft (foot) will practice without any limitations Wednesday, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
The full participation hints at a return for Sunday's game against Cincinnati, following limited participation in every practice last week. Given the length of Kroft's absence, the Bills will need to monitor how he looks on the practice field before they clear him to play Week 3.
Kroft (foot) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 tilt against the Giants.
Kroft will thus have to wait until at least Week 3 to make his Bills debut, as he continues to recover from a broken foot suffered in OTAs back in May. A combination of Dawson Knox and Lee Smith should hold down tight end duties for the Bills again Sunday, although the fantasy upside of each remains modest.
After practicing in a limited fashion all week, Kroft (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Look for the tight end's Week 2 status to come down to a game-day call, but he's clearly progressing toward a return to action. "I'm itching to get back," Kroft noted of his potential return to the lineup. "I'm going to keep preparing like I'm up this week. We don't know if it's going to be this week or next week or beyond. But we're working." Even when Kroft does suit up, we'd expect him to be eased back into things, so a wait-and-see approach is in order for the team's offseason free-agent acquisition.
Kroft (broken foot) practiced on a limited basis for the third straight day Friday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Coach Sean McDermott says he'll see how Kroft is doing Sunday before making a decision on the tight end's status, which makes it almost a sure thing Kroft will carry a questionable status when the team's official report gets released. Either way, you don't want to start him in fantasy until he's more up to speed and getting a full starter's volume.
Kroft, recovering from a broken foot, was limited for the second straight practice Thursday.
After missing most of the summer as well as the Week 1 victory against the Jets, Kroft is truly a 50-50 proposition this week as he continues to heal. Expect Sean McDermott to provide more clarity following the last practice of the week Friday.
Kroft (foot) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Though he was inactive for the Bills' Week 1 win over the Jets, Kroft was seen going through a workout on the field prior to the contest. That activity coupled with his involvement in Wednesday's session is an encouraging sign, but Kroft's availability for Sunday's game against the Giants is still up in the air. If Kroft remains out for another week, Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney would be next in line for targets at tight end.
Kroft (foot) put in a rigorous pregame workout before being deemed inactive for Sunday's 17-16 road win against the Jets, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Prior to be being listed as doubtful for this contest, Kroft was listed as a limited participant on every Week 1 injury report. With news of Sunday's workout, he seems to be trending ever closer to his first appearance as a Bill, though he may have to work up to his presumed starter's workload.
Kroft (foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Given that Kroft is bouncing back from a broken foot, it's not surprising that the Bills are playing it safe with the tight end, who signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the team back in March. Once fully up to speed, Kroft figures to be a key member of the team's passing attack, but for now, Dawson Knox, Lee Smith and Tommy Sweeney profile as the Bills' top healthy options at the tight end position.
Kroft (foot) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's road game against the Jets.
Players listed in such a manner typically don't suit up on game day, but Kroft was tagged as a limited practice participant on every Week 1 report as he continues his recovery from a broken foot. His status may come down to a pregame workout in advance of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
Although Buffalo didn't practice Thursday, Kroft (foot) is listed as limited on the team's required injury report submission, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Kroft's status is truly up in the air as he continues his recovery from a broken foot. You'll want to avoid him either way for the first couple of weeks of the season, as he's nowhere near being ready for a full snap count yet.
Kroft (foot) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Chris Brown of the Bills' official site suggested earlier Wednesday that Kroft would be classified as a non-participant, but the tight end evidently did enough to earn a limited designation. That seemingly gives Kroft some hope of playing Sunday against the Jets, but even if he does, the 26-year-old would presumably be eased back into the mix with a light snap count.
Kroft (foot) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Although the starting tight end avoided the regular season PUP list, his odds of playing Week 1 against the Jets appear slim. Even if he rallies over the next two practices, Kroft would be looking at a limited snap count at best.
Kroft (foot) is running routes and catching passes Monday during individual drills, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
Kroft's removal from the PUP list is a clear sign the Bills expect him to be ready for games soon, but Week 1 is a big ask for a player who suffered a broken foot in mid-May. The injury came with an estimated recovery timeline of 3-to-4 months, leaving Kroft with an uphill battle all along to be ready for the regular-season opener. He presumably needs to participate in team drills before he's cleared for a game. As such, the Bills may rely on Dawson Knox, Lee Smith and Tommy Sweeney at tight end for Week 1 against the Jets.
Although Kroft (foot) was not placed on the Bills' PUP list to start the coming season, it's unclear when he'll make his first game appearance, Nate Mendelson of the team's official site reports. "I don't know which game he's going to come back yet, that's still undetermined," GM Brandon Beane noted.
With Kroft on the mend, it remains to be seen how his practice participation level is classified leading up to Week 1. Given the lengthy layoff the tight end has endured, he's far from a lock to be made active for the Bills' season opener. Added clarity on that front could arrive as soon as Wednesday, upon the release of the team's first injury report of the season.
Kroft (foot) has been moved from the PUP list to the 53-man roster.
Kroft has been in recovery mode since breaking his right foot in mid-May, but the Bills are confident enough with his health to elevate him before Week 1. He'll thus serve as the team's No. 1 tight end to kick off the 2019 campaign, though without any preseason action or much time at all with his new team, he could even be an inactive for a week or two until he gets up to speed, or at the very least given a limited play count.
General manager Brandon Beane started during Thursday's preseason telecast that he's hoping Kroft (broken foot) can make the Week 1 roster following a positive conversation with the team's medical staff, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.
Kroft hasn't played a single preseason snap with his new team, so even though he's the starter in name, it might be slow going even if he avoids the regular-season PUP. Still, this is positive news for a Bills tight end group that doesn't offer much experience elsewhere aside from blocking specialist Lee Smith.
Kroft (broken foot) still has not been cleared to practice and could be put on the regular-season PUP list, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "I would say we continue to evaluate where he is in his progress," said coach Sean McDermott. "That's an almost daily conversation that Brandon and I have with (head athletic trainer) Nate (Breske) and our medical staff and how it affects the overall numbers as we get to that main cut down at this point."
Kroft is still probably the Bills' top receiving threat at tight end, so the team will continue looking for signs he's getting better before moving him to a regular-season injury designation. The inseason PUP list would make him ineligible to return to practice or game action until Week 7 at the earliest.
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