The Buffalo Bills made a series of moves Monday to manage recent injuries over the weekend.
The moves were as follows:
–Place OT Tommy Doyle and EDGE Shane Ray on injured reserve.
–Signed OT Garrett McGhin, RB Ty Johnson, and LB DaShaun White.
Doyle suffered a multi-ligament tear that you can read more about here.
Ray suffered a hamstring strain early in the fourth quarter on Saturday. While he has been placed on IR, there is a high likelihood that he will receive an injury settlement to find a new team.
As for the new signings, below are their injury histories and concerns.
OT Garrett McGhin
2019 Buffalo Bills/Carolina Panthers
Suffered a right high-ankle sprain in the 2019 preseason that led to an injury settlement. Later that season, McGhin suffered another ankle injury after signing with the Panthers, ending his season.
He had another cup of coffee with the Bills in 2020 before getting released prior to training camp. He has also seen stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants on their practice squads.
Finally, he spent time with the Arlington Renegades of the XFL and the New Jersey Generals of the USFL. There don’t appear to be any publicly reported injuries during this time.
RB Ty Johnson
Suffered a calf strain that cost him the final three games of his senior season.
Sustained a concussion in Week 10 against the Washington Commanders but was able to clear the protocol to play in Week 11.
Suffered a pectoral injury while training in the offseason, side not specified. He appeared to suffer the injury in mid-April as he said he was cut a week later with a non-football injury designation. This was likely the result of bench pressing while working out.
He is about four months removed from the procedure and appears to be fully healed as he passed a physical. Since he has passed a physical, there is minimal concern and there is no performance drop-off once a player returns from this injury.
LB DaShaun White
Missed one game in his Oklahoma career due to illness in 2019 against Baylor.
Played with the USFL Michigan Panthers in 2022 without any publicly reported injuries.
Ty Johnson is the biggest issue injury-wise, coming off the pectoral tear. The rehab can be tedious but have pretty solid results without fear of re-injuring the area.
McGhin is at least familiar with the team though it has been several years and plenty of new faces. Barring injury, he could be an excellent depth option or practice squad candidate depending on how the roster shakes out.
As for White, the team does need another body for the final preseason game against Chicago, this does give White an opportunity to get some NFL tape out there as he continues his football journey.
It may be a long shot to make the roster for each of these guys, but they can work towards getting some looks on the practice squad to stay around in the area or even be picked up elsewhere.