Bills fourth-round pick Ron Brooks, who was placed on injured reserve at the start of the season and designated as the player to return to the active roster, is making good progress as his broken foot is healed and he’s begun workouts on his own.
“He has to be out for eight weeks,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “It looks like he’s on schedule to be back to practice. He’s on track to be back.”
Brooks isn’t be eligible to return to practice with the team until six weeks have elapsed, which would be Oct. 17th, the Wednesday after the Arizona game. He can’t be added to the active roster for a game until eight weeks have elapsed, which would be Oct. 31st, making the Week 9 game in Houston (Nov. 4th) the first game he’d be eligible to dress and play.
The cornerback was impressive in training camp and had some of the quickest feet in the secondary. He broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, which required a screw to be inserted to promote healing.
“The goal is to be back as soon as I can be,” said Brooks. “I’m encouraged.”
Under the new guidelines an NFL club can return one player on injured reserve to the active roster later in the season (at least 42 calendar days). However, for a player to be eligible for recall they could not be placed on I-R prior to 4 pm on Sept. 4th.
“I sure do like that rule and I think we all know it was put in there for the Peyton Mannings had he been well, but it works for a lot of guys so it’s great.”
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