Bills place Everett on season-ending injured reserve
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The season for Bills tight end Kevin Everett ended before it even began as the team decided not to activate him to their 53-man roster Wednesday.
Buffalo's third-round pick out of Miami opened the year on the physically unable-to-perform list following surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee, which he injured during the first day of a team mini-camp in April.
Everett practiced for the first time earlier this month, and the Bills -- under NFL rules -- had 21 days to evaluate him before determining whether to activate or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
That window expired Wednesday.
"It happens, and unfortunately it happened in his rookie year," coach Mike Mularkey said.
Everett had 23 catches for 310 yards at Miami in his senior season and the Bills were hoping he could become an offensive threat this year.
"He got hurt early in camp, but he certainly flashed his talent before he got hurt," Mularkey said. "It's disappointing he didn't get to training camp."
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