Henderson’s agent says that his client plans to fly to Buffalo this week and be ready for the start of the 2016 season. Dunne adds that while Henderson has not spoken to HC Rex Ryan, he has been in contact with the team’s medical staff.
Henderson has been battling Crohn’s disease, which required two surgeries, according to Dunne.
“Crohn’s disease is no minor condition,” Herman said. “It has to be treated properly. … He had the surgery and had to wear a bag for a number of months after that, which is no walk in the park. And he stayed close to Minnesota to make sure he was getting the right kind of treatment. Then, they basically took the bag out about a month ago. Everything is OK now to the point where once he had the second surgery and was in the hospital for three days, he’s been cleared to do whatever he wants.”
Henderson was a no-show for the start of OTAs last week and HC Rex Ryan mentioned that he hasn’t even spoke to him since last season ended. Even Henderson’s teammates haven’t heard from him.
Ryan did, however, tell reporters last week that it was “a medical thing,” before admitting that he hasn’t spoken to him since the last day of last season.
“I can’t really recall talking to him,” Ryan said. “I think he has been in since then but I haven’t talked to him personally.”
With Henderson away from the team, the Bills have been forced to move on and go with Jordan Mills at right tackle.
Dunne spoke with one source who indicated that Henderson had surgery “a few months ago” relating to Crohn’s disease, which forced him him to lose 20 pounds last season.
As of now, no one knows whether Henderson will return to the team for the 2016 season.
Henderson, 24, is a former seventh-round pick of the Bills back in 2014. He’s in the third year of his four-year, $2,270,880 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $600,000 for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Henderson appeared in 10 games for the Bills and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 70 offensive tackle out of 77 qualifying players.