Listenbee (groin) was waived with a non-football injury designation by the Bills on Tuesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Listenbee was waived in order to make room on the roster for wideout Rashad Ross. The 23-year-old has had complications stemming from groin surgery he underwent over a year ago. If he can prove his health, Listenbee has a shot of making another roster before training camp begins.
Listenbee, a speedster out of TCU, missed his entire rookie season following three different surgeries for his issues, and after continuing his slow healing process the Bills decided they weren't willing to wait around any longer. The team instead signed Rashad Ross, while Listenbee could be a candidate for injured reserve if no other team wants him.
Listenbee, who underwent three different surgeries in 2016 for hernia/pelvis issues, was unable to participate during rookie minicamp Friday.
Listenbee was picked in the sixth round of the 2016 draft but didn't play a down last season. There are a few spots open in the receiving corps this time around, but the speedster has to get healthy first. We'll also note there's a whole new regime in town, one that didn't have anything to do with his selection. We'll see if he can start participating to some degree in an attempt to make an impression.
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.
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