Bills TE Tyler Kroft Suffers Broken Foot Injury; Reportedly to Miss 3-4 Months

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2019

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 26:  Tyler Kroft #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on August 26, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Cincinnati defeats Buffalo 26-13 in the preseason matchup. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft suffered a broken foot during the team's organized team activities Monday that will require surgery. He's expected to have a three- to four-month recovery, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Per that report, his recovery timeline "puts him right up against the start of the season and raises the possibility of beginning the season on the [physically unable to perform] list."

It's an unfortunate case of deja vu for Kroft, who broke the same foot last season and appeared in just five games for the Cincinnati Bengals, catching four passes for 36 yards.

Kroft, 26, spent his first four seasons with the Bengals, registering 67 receptions for 661 yards and eight scores. He signed a three-year, $18.7 million contract with the Bills this offseason and was expected to earn the starting gig, with longtime starter Charles Clay released and Logan Thomas allowed to leave in free agency.

Jason Croom, Lee Smith and rookies Tommy Sweeney and Dawson Knox will battle for snaps while Kroft is sidelined. 

But Kroft's injury is a tough blow for the Bills and young quarterback Josh Allen, who won't have a full offseason to develop chemistry with his new tight end. The Bills made it a priority to improve the passing game this offseason, signing Kroft and two wide receivers in John Brown and Cole Beasley, and bolstering the offensive line with Mitch Morse and Cody Ford.

Add in receiver Robert Foster, who came on strong down the stretch last season, and Zay Jones out wide, and the Bills have the makings of a nice arsenal for Allen. Kroft's injury is a setback, but Allen still has more weapons to work with heading into 2019.

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