Former Oregon State standout Isaiah Hodgins was a draft-day steal for the Buffalo Bills, but the rookie's career isn't starting out how he had hoped.
Earlier this week the Bills placed Hodgins on the Injured Reserve (IR) list, meaning he won't be making his debut and taking the field this weekend when the Bills host the Jets.
Because of COVID-19, the NFL has relaxed its IR rules and players can return in as little as three weeks.
For Hodgins, it could be longer.
If he is able to heal up on his own, perhaps he is back quickly. Surgery could extend his time on IR, though. "We’re going to let it calm down and see if he can get some strength in his shoulder and see where it goes," said Beane. "He battled hard and finished camp with it. I do think it was affecting him a little bit, so we’ll see. At some point, if we need to shut him down, we will, but right now we’re going to try this approach and see if he’s able to come back and help us should we need him at the end of the season.”
Hodgins impressed at camp and putting him on IR, rather than waiving him, means the Bills believe the former Oregon State standout can contribute this year and perhaps beyond.
Hodgins played three seasons for the Beavers where he totaled 176 receptions for 2,322 yards and 20 touchdowns.
That is the sixth-most receptions, seventh-most yards, and tied for second-most receiving touchdowns in Oregon State history.
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