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Troup could be shut down for season

The lost season for nose tackle Torell Troup sounds like it's about to come to a premature end.

Troup missed Sunday's game in New York after the persistent lower back tightness that has plagued him all year flared up Saturday night. It then got worse on game day.

"It really locked up Sunday morning," coach Chan Gailey said. "They did more tests [Monday] and it’s not good. We’re going to have decide where we go with that in the next few days."

Gailey acknowledged injured reserve is a possibility for the second-year pro out of Central Florida. Troup has missed five games -- and been extremely limited in the six he's played this year. He's got just eight tackles, rarely being able to play more than about 10 snaps a game.

"He hasn’t been 100 percent in a long time and we had so much promise for him early in camp and early in the season, it’s been tough on everybody," Gailey said. "Especially losing Kyle [Williams] the way we did, It’s been hard."

Gailey wasn't sure whether surgery would be needed to correct the issue, but the 6-foot-3, 326-pounder will need to explore every avenue to correcting the issue. His usefulness as an NFL nose tackle depends on being able to push the pocket and clog up running lanes. Both of those tasks require a healthy back.

---Jay Skurski

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