ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Marcus Easley #81 of the Buffalo Bills returns a kickoff against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Detroit won 16-6. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The once-uncertain playing future of Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marcus Easley is a bit more certain today. Easley and head coach Chan Gailey both told reporters Wednesday that the second-year receiver has been cleared to resume football activities, and that Easley plans to be on the field for training camp next July.
Easley, a 2010 fourth-round draft pick out of Connecticut, appeared ready to emerge in his second season as the potential No. 2 receiver opposite Stevie Johnson. Alas, just prior to the start of the regular season, Easley was placed on Injured Reserve when it was discovered that he had a heart condition. Despite landing on IR for a second straight year, Easley has been in Buffalo for a number of weeks now attending meetings, and has begun working out again.
Obviously, the best news here is that Easley is healthy enough to play football again; there was some concern that the heart ailment may end his career. Though the condition is something that will likely need to be closely monitored, the team is still very high on Easley, and perhaps the third time will be the charm as Easley continues to seek his NFL regular season debut.