Crowell placed on IR; opts to undergo surgery

LB Angelo Crowell was placed on IR on Thursday after electing to undergo season-ending surgery.

The Buffalo Bills made it official on Thursday evening that linebacker Angelo Crowell will miss the entire season to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The six-year veteran was placed on IR just days before the Bills' season-opening game, at home, against the Seattle Seahawks.

Crowell has been dealing with nagging knee problems all through training camp and sat out a good majority of team activities to prevent further injury. He had been practicing earlier this week, and coach Dick Jauron was optimistic about his condition believing it to be minor and not requiring surgery.

This comes as a blow to a Bills linebacking corps that was so familiar to injuries last season, when their unit was hit by the injury bug. Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny missed all but three games due to an injury sustained in week three and had to undergo surgery.

Crowell has been a solid starter for the Bills in the past few seasons. Last season, he compiled 126 tackles, two sacks and one forced-fumble. With him out, Keith Ellison will be taking over his starting role on the strong side. Ellison is no stranger to starting, as he was the starter on the weak side for 12 games last season.

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Posluszny's health was also a concern on Thursday when he turned his ankle during practice, which caused him to sit out the rest of the session. Jauron was very optimistic about Posluszny, indicating the injury didn't appear serious and will probably play in the opener on Sunday.


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