Inside The Bills

Gailey on Troup

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2012 – 5:27 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey met one-on-one with Torell Troup and made the defensive tackle understand that his head coach respected the effort he put forth to get back healthy in time for the regular season before he went on I-R today.

“I told him today when we visited I was proud of him for the way he fought to get back, but he just couldn’t make it,” said Gailey. “We saw he wasn’t going to make it this year so we wanted to not let him worry about it anymore and go get well and we’ll give him a run next year.”

Gailey had a similar heart-to-heart with Troup last season in Week 13. That week with the Bills at the Jets, Troup was a game time decision as he tried to get game ready one last time that season. But his back wouldn’t cooperate. He left the field and returned to the locker room crestfallen that he couldn’t be out there with his teammates.

“The Jets game on the road was the point where I couldn’t take it anymore,” Troup told this past spring. “I fought through it the best I could all the way through the season up until that Jets game. Coach Gailey came up to me in the locker room and said, ‘Don’t worry about it. We know you’ve been fighting all year and we know you are resilient so if you can’t go we know there’s something wrong. You should stay back here and lay down and relax.’ It was definitely heartbreaking not being able to finish the season with my teammates was horrible.”

Troup was placed on injured reserve Thursday as he was unable to recover quickly enough from offseason back surgery.

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