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Troup's 2nd year washes out

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Torell Troup was placed on the injured reserve list today, ending his second season with the team. Troup was the second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and it's a pick that is looking shaky. Troup played in six of 11 games this season. He played 16 snaps a game in the six games he appeared. Over 11 games his average was only nine snaps a game. So his loss for the final five games isn't a big deal for the Bills. But  the fact he has made little impact over two seasons is a big issue for the team. Ideally, Troup would be a huge, run-stuffing asset as the No. 3 tackle behind Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams. But he's on the shelf due to back problems, not a good thing long-term for a 330-pounder.

Bills coach Chan Gailey said today Troup will need surgery to solve his back problem.

Troup started out training camp looking very good over the first week or two. But his back problems cropped up early on.

"He wasn’t at 100 percent really at any point this year," Gailey said. "It had been bothering him so they needed to go in and get it done.”

The Bills promoted defensive end Lionel Dotson, a 6-4, 290-pounder, to the active roster. They also signed outside linebacker Robert Eddins to the practice squad.

---Mark Gaughan

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