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."
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.