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Jason Croom misses practice at Buffalo Bills training camp with hamstring strain

The tight end depth chart is thinning out.

The Buffalo Bills entered training camp with a relatively healthy roster. One exception was at tight end, where presumed starter Tyler Kroft suffered a broken foot in the spring, sidelining him for the foreseeable future. That position group took another small hit on Friday, with Jason Croom missing practice due to a hamstring strain.

Croom, entering his third year out of college, made his NFL debut last year with the Bills, appearing in 15 games and starting three. He caught 22 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown, and fumbled twice.

Croom had missed time during the spring OTAs with a hamstring strain, and this occasion affected the same leg. It’s unclear how severely he may be affected, or if this injury is expected to linger beyond a day-to-day timeline.

In the meantime, rookie third-round pick Dawson Knox will see more opportunities with the starting offense. Joining him is veteran signing Lee Smith. This also creates a chance for rookies Tommy Sweeney and Nate Becker to see more time on the field.

By no means was Croom a roster lock, but with Kroft out of the picture, he was expected to compete with Knox to be the opening day starter. That won’t happen if he isn’t able to get back onto the field.