The Bills announced that they have activated offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson from the active/non-football illness list. Henderson has not played or practiced since he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last December.
Henderson started all 16 games in his rookie season in Buffalo, and had started 10 games for the team in 2015 before he was sidelined with Crohn’s. In May, head coach Rex Ryan and some of Henderson’s teammates indicated that they had not heard from him in some time. There were also rumblings that perhaps Henderson’s heart wasn’t really in playing football. Anonymous teammates told Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News that his work ethic was suspect when he was on the field and, off the field, he had used marijuana too frequently. The Bills were able to draft Henderson in the seventh round of the 2014 draft in part because of his multiple failed drug tests at the University of Miami. He also reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine.
With Henderson away from the team, the Bills have been using Jordan Mills as their first-team right tackle in practice with the hope that 2014 second-rounder Cyrus Kouandjio can put it all together and win the starting job. Now, it will be interesting to see how Henderson factors into the Bills’ offensive line picture.
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