Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is making a comeback to the NFL in an inspiring way. In the middle of the 2015 season, Henderson was burdened with Crohn’s disease. Missing the last six games of the season and 15 games in 2016, the battle was devastating. Still living with the disease today, he has had to make some lifestyle changes in order for him to play football but they are paying off.
Henderson from a health standpoint is doing much better. He’s keeping his weight up, which was and still is an issue for Henderson but he is all in on making the right choices on what he eats.
Coach Sean McDermott has noticed his efforts on and off the field as he keeps himself in playing shape. Henderson has mixed in with the first-team offensive line during camp at the left tackle spot and has performed well thus far.
The Bills have a pressing need at the right tackle position. Jordan Mills and Dion Dawkins will battle it out to be the day one starter but neither have made much movement in camp so far. Jordan Mills was a liability for the Bills last year in pass protection and needs to get better if he wants a role on this team. However, whether it’s Dawkins or Mills week one, both might not be in that role very long. Henderson will come back from his suspension week 6 and could very well come in and take over if neither Mills or Dawkins impress the coaches.
In 2014 as a seventh-round pick, Henderson started all 16 games at right tackle for the Bills. His rookie season is best described as average but the future looked bright. Going into the 2015 season, expectations were high for Henderson and he delivered as he built onto his 2014 performance. After Henderson was diagnosed with the disease, the NFL didn’t show any compassion and slapped on a four-game suspension for medical marijuana use that started week 16 of the 2015 season. Shortly after in 2016, the NFL again tagged Henderson with another suspension, this time 10 games.