Could Injury Force Bills Tommy Doyle to Switch Positions?

Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Tommy Doyle is no stranger to battling serious injuries.

Due to tears of both his ACL, and LCL, as well as a bout with drop foot — or, nerve damage which causes difficulty lifting the front part of the foot — Doyle has missed the majority of the past two seasons.

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Though he has yet to participate in offseason workouts or OTAs, Doyle is expected to see the field at some point this season.

However, could he be in line for a position switch as a result of his injury? Bills’ injury expert Dr. Kyle Trimble believes the idea is not out of the question.

“If Doyle does play,” Trimble wrote in his phase 3 injury analysis, “I could see a move inside to guard as there is less space for him to move and overall less footwork.”

“While he will be a step slower as he has not played extended football since early 2022, regaining his form will be no easy task. The drop foot is not doing him any favors by limiting his ability to have crisp footwork, especially playing tackle. The drop foot, even with the AFO [a brace used to treat drop foot,] will limit his ability to dorsiflex or lift up the foot. This could affect running, lateral movement, and keeping his feet moving to avoid tripping.”

Doyle currelty sits at third on the Bills depth chart at right tackle, behind starter Spencer Brown and top reserve La’el Collins. Should he make the switch to right guard, he would compete with fellow reserve Kevin Jarvis, with O’Cyrus Torrence being the incumbent starting option.

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