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Cyrus Kouandjio Reportedly Under Observation After Encounter with Police

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 13:  Cyrus Kouandjio #71 of the Buffalo Bills on the sideline during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts on August 13, 2016 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  Indianapolis defeated Buffalo 19-18.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for observation after an unusual encounter with police, according to 

"According to a police source, Kouandjio was found, not fully clothed, in a field after climbing over an electric fence," Carucci wrote. "When an Erie County Sheriff's deputy went to detain him, the source said, the 6-foot-7, 322-pound Kouandjio yelled, 'Shoot me!'"

The offensive lineman was not arrested during the encounter, per Carucci. 

The Erie County Sheriff's Office disputed that report, however:

Mike Rodak @mikerodak

Erie County Sheriff's Office: Cyrus Kouandjio did not say "shoot me" to any of their deputies and he was "compliant, courteous and polite."

The Bills released a statement following the incident.

"We are aware of the matter involving Cyrus and are carefully monitoring his condition and gathering more information," the statement noted. "We don't have all of the details, so we won't have any further comment at this time."

Carucci's source said police suspect that Kouandjio saw the lights and emergency vehicles responding to an accident on Route 400 and pulled off the road before going into the field on foot.

Kouandjio, 23, was a second-round pick by the Bills in the 2014 NFL draft and has started seven games for the team over the past two seasons. He has been recovering from hip surgery in January after falling in his home and was not at the team's minicamp practice on Thursday.

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