PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -Buffalo Bills linebacker Alvin Bowen is scheduled for surgery next week on a torn right knee ligament, likely ending his rookie season before it starts.
Coach Dick Jauron said Monday the Bills' fifth-round pick will need months to recuperate. The team hasn't determined whether to place Bowen on season-ending injured reserve. If he returns, it will be late in the regular season.
Bowen tore his ACL during practice Friday when he pulled up to avoid tackling fullback Jonathan Evans during a non-contact drill. Bowen's right cleat stuck in the turf, his knee buckled and he fell awkwardly, yelling in pain.
Bowen had been competing for a backup spot and a regular role on special teams.
Starting strong safety Donte Whitner was held out of practice Monday because of a minor ankle injury. Jauron didn't disclose the nature of the injury, but said Whitner will have tests as a precaution.
Receiver Josh Reed also missed practice because of a lower back injury.
The Bills also signed receiver C.J. Hawthorne on Monday. The undrafted rookie free agent from Hawaii had 61 catches for 859 yards and six touchdowns in 13 starts last season, his first at receiver after being converted from cornerback.
Hawthorne took the roster spot of Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, who was placed on the reserve-did-not-report list. Peters is being fined for refusing to report to training camp because he wants the final three years of his contract restructured.

Recent NFL Discussions

ACC Conference Preview on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
Handicapping 2016 Win Totals on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
Big 12 Conference Betting Preview on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
2016 College Conference Previews on Sun, Jul 2016 by Blade
Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Redskins 2016 Win Total Pick   After being the surprise winner of the NFC East in 2015, can the Washington Redskins find a way to have another big season in...
Thumbnail Bills Season Win Total Prediction Rex Ryan blew into Orchard Park last January with his patented bravado dialed up to 11, but all the swagger in the world couldn’t mask another disappointing...
Thumbnail Chicago Bears Win Total Picks The Chicago Bears find themselves in a competitive NFC North Division. Can they navigate the waters in 2016 to have a winning...
Thumbnail Rams Season Win Total Prediction Amid all the hullaballoo surrounding their move (back) to Los Angeles, the Rams actually lost some fairly significant pieces on the personnel side. Will a new man...
Thumbnail Dolphins Season Win Total Prediction With a new head coach and several fresh faces, will the Miami Dolphins win over or under 7 games in 2016?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages