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Klopfenstein to I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2010 – 10:45 am

Bills TE Joe Klopfenstein is no longer on the active roster.

The tight end was placed on injured reserve Thursday. Klopfenstein was limited for much of the spring workouts with an indisclosed ailment. No word from the club as to whether that was what led to the I-R assignment. If his injury is not necessarily season ending an injury settlement could wind up being the final resolution. In that case he would be able to play in 2010 for another NFL team, but not the Bills.

With Klopfenstein going on I-R, it leaves four tight ends on the active roster. If another tight end is injured in training camp or the preseason, and expected to be out for a couple of weeks or so, they would likely sign an additional one.

Moving Klopfenstein to I-R also opens up a roster spot meaning if and when Torell Troup signs his rookie contract there will be a vacancy on the active roster for the second-round draft choice.

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Two more adds for rookie minicamp

Posted by Chris Brown on May 6, 2010 – 1:31 pm

A couple of more first and second-year players have been added to the list of participants for Bills rookie minicamp.

Tight end Joe Klopfenstein and fullback Rodney Ferguson will also be practicing this weekend. Here’s the initial list of first and second-year players voluntarily participating this weekend.

Ferguson will wear jersey number 44. Klopfenstein still has number 87 from last season.

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Why TE wasn’t tendered

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2010 – 8:55 am

TE Joe Klopfenstein was a restricted free agent, but the Bills chose to let him become an unrestricted free agent before signing him.

With the restricted free agent tenders rising dramatically in recent years in terms of cost, a lot of teams choose to let certain RFAs hit the market and become unrestricted hoping to re-sign them at a level more in line with their value to the team.

In this case it worked for the Bills.

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Incognito not tendered

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2010 – 4:07 pm

The team’s choices in terms of what restricted free agents got tender offers was not anything shocking. Perhaps only the decision not to tender Richie Incognito was a mild surprise.

In light of the fact that Eric Wood still has some time to go on his current rehabilitation from a broken leg, even I thought the club would perhaps tender Incognito, who could represent insurance in the event that Wood’s rehab took a bit longer than expected. But once head coach Chan Gailey indicated at the combine that both Demetrius Bell and Eric Wood were considered “ahead of schedule,” to me it signaled that Incognito was probably going to become a free agent.

And that’s what happens when there’s a new regime in place. All bets are off with people currently on the roster. The new front office wants to shape the roster the way they like it, and that has already begun with the players they have chosen to tender and not to tender.

The other three RFAs not tendered were Jonathan Scott, Gibran Hamdan and Joe Klopfenstein. They’re all unrestricted free agents now.

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Brohm starts, Fitz inactive

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2009 – 11:51 am

Brian Brohm will make his first NFL start today against Atlanta, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is out.

Fitzpatrick is one of Buffalo’s seven inactive players and Gibran Hamdan will serve as the team’s backup QB.

The emergency QB is TE Joe Klopfenstein.

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Three Bills out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2009 – 12:43 pm

Three Bills players are out for Sunday’s game and all of them are on the offensive side of the ball.

OT Demetrius Bell, TE Joe Klopfenstein and WR Justin Jenkins are all out for Sunday’s game.

Bell is the only starter and Jonathan Scott is expected to make his third straight start at left tackle in place of Bell. Kirk Chambers is expected to start at right tackle despite being listed as questionable.

Also questionable are G Andy Levitre, FS Jairus Byrd, DE Ryan Denney and LB Chris Draft, but all four are expected to play Sunday.

TE Shawn Nelson, who was added to the injury report Thursday with a shoulder injury, is listed as probable after practicing fully Friday. Ashton Youboty and John McCargo are also probable.

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TE Klopfenstein back

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2009 – 11:00 am

The Bills have re-signed TE Joe Klopfenstein.

Klopfenstein was released by the club prior to the Bills Week 12 game against the Dolphins due to a shortage at defensive tackle because of injury.

Corey Mace was promoted from the practice squad. Mace now has been waived to create the roster spot for Klopfenstein. Buffalo now has three tight ends on the roster again.

Mace will presumably be re-signed to the team’s practice squad provided he clears waivers.

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TE possibilities

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2009 – 4:58 am

If ESPN’s Adam Schefter is on the money with his report over the weekend then these are distinct possibilities for Buffalo’s TE corps if the injury to Derek Schouman is a serious one.

Shawn Nelson already tweeted that his shoulder is fine Sunday night, but Adam Schefter tweeted the following over the weekend.

Adam_Schefter: Buffalo had a busy Friday, working out RBs Lorenzo Booker and De De Dorsey, as well as TEs Tony Curtis, Joe Klopfenstein and Leonard Pope.

Obviously the tight ends would be of most interest at this point. Though practice squad TE Jonathan Stupar has already been called up  to the active roster once already, if the Schouman injury is long term, one of the veterans that were worked out over the weekend, according to Schefter, could be a viable option.

Joe Klopfenstein (6’5″ 262) is a three-year vet out of Colorado with 33 career receptions. He spent his entire NFL career with the Rams and is a former third-round pick.

Leonard Pope (6’8″ 274) is a three-year vet out of Georgia with 48 career receptions and 5 TDs, and had spent his entire career with the Cardinals and is also a former third-round pick.

Tony Curtis (6’5″ 251) is a three-year vet out of Portland St. that was in Philadelphia’s camp this summer, but had spent his entire NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys. He has 11 career receptions as he’s been primarily a special teamer.

I will try to confirm these player visits on Monday. If they did visit then they’ll be considerations if Schouman’s injury is expected to keep him on the shelf for a while. If it’s a short term injury then Stupar is the more likely alternative because he knows the offense and can step right in.

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