Bills Camp Notebook: Injury plagued Troup ready to contribute

Dan Goldman
Buffalo Bills Torrell Troup

Torrell Troup has only played in 21 games in his three seasons with the Buffalo Bills. After missing the entire 2012 campaign, Troup is getting some practice time at nose tackle with the first-team defense.

"Even though I've been doing field work with rehab, I've been away from football, so it's a transition," Troup said. "Just for the coaches to be able to give me some reps against some older guys that know what they're doing ... they've got that physical strength, so I can push my body to the limits to make sure I'm definitely OK."

When former Buffalo general manager Buddy Nix selected Troup with the No. 41 overall pick in 2010, many saw him as the nose tackle of the future as the Bills transitioned to a 3-4 defense. Troup appeared in 15 games as a rookie and made 23 tackles.

Injuries limited the lineman's playing time to six games in 2011 and he went on injured reserve with a back injury in December. Troup underwent surgery, but the aftermath of the procedure kept him from practicing fully during last summer's training camp.

"I lost a lot of weight and muscle in my legs, I dropped 20 pounds so I was close to 300," said Troup, who is listed at 327 this summer. "I just couldn't plant on my right leg, I couldn't stand on it with one leg, it was completely weak. There was no way I was going to take on a double team with one leg."

But, Troup wasn't concerned about getting cut from the team. He said the Bills understood his body needed more time to recover and the team again placed Troup on injured reserve last August.

His focus over the past year has been on getting healthy. Troup said he has all the strength back in his legs and feels great.

— Kevin Kolb missed practice Sunday with a knee injury after he tripped on a rubber mat when running from field to field on Saturday. Coach Doug Marrone said the team will try to have Kolb ready for Monday's scrimmage. EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel took all the reps at quarterback with Manuel receiving all of the first-team work.

All Buffalo players walked across the rubber mat on Sunday.

— Manuel struggled in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work, throwing three interceptions Sunday. On the first, rookie Robert Woods couldn't make the catch over the middle and safety Da'Norris Searcy caught the tipped ball and took it back for a would-be touchdown. Later in practice, Manuel underthrew a deep ball to Marcus Easley and cornerback Stephon Gilmore leaped to make an acrobatic interception over the receiver. The final pick came in the red zone when rookie Kiko Alonso jumped in front of a pass over the middle.

— Defensive end Mario Williams took part in position drills and 11-on-11 practice for the first time in training camp. Tight end Mike Caussin, cornerback Justin Rogers, safety Duke Williams, tackle Chris Hairston, and wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Kevin Elliott all didn't participate in practice due to injuries. Marrone said Williams displayed "concussion-like symptoms." Tight end Scott Chandler didn't participate, but it was a scheduled rest day since he is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

— Veteran kicker Rian Lindell made 10 of 13 field goals and rookie Dustin Hopkins made 5 of 11. Hopkins appears to have the stronger leg, but he struggled with his accuracy Sunday.