Buffalo Bills players - a lot of them, anyway - reported to One Bills Drive today for the start of the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program. Bills head coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Monday afternoon that four players still have not been cleared for these activities, as all four are still recuperating from offseason surgeries.
Those four players are: defensive lineman Kyle Williams, edge rusher Jerry Hughes, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and special teams ace Marcus Easley.
Williams, who'll turn 33 in less than two months, told The John Murphy Show on April 8 that he's done with rehab, and all signs point toward him re-assuming his starting defensive line gig with the Bills when training camp begins in late July.
Hughes had surgery well after the regular season ended to repair an issue with his left wrist that he says had been bothering him since early in the 2015 regular season. He shared post-surgery pictures on Instagram back in March.
Gilmore, who is entering a contract year, tore the labrum in his shoulder during a December 6 win over Houston, and had surgery to repair the issue less than two weeks later. Like Williams, there have not been any indications that Gilmore is in danger of missing training camp time.
The same may not be true of Easley, who dislocated his kneecap and broke his knee in three spots during a Week 16 win over Dallas. Easley has said that he's improving since surgery, but indications have been steady that he'll start the 2016 season on the PUP list, barring a huge surge of progress in the next three months.