Cautious would be the best way to describe Buffalo Bills’ head coach Rex Ryan’s assessment of Seantrel Henderson’s return to practice.
Earlier in the day the offensive tackle passed his physical, allowing him to return to the field for the first time since he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in December.
“I think it’s probably unfair to lay something out there on him, an expectation,” Ryan said in an AP story. “Let’s let him get through some of these things and then maybe we’ll have a better idea.”
Henderson has undergone two surgeries and talked about some of his struggles in a recent Palm Beach Post article.
“At one point, the doctors were saying I’d have to have that ileostomy bag on the rest of my life,” Henderson said. “My intestines were so poisonous on the inside. But I healed up really fast. I’m lucky to be working out and looking toward playing again.”
In 2010 Henderson was the top-rated high school football player in America. He signed with the Miami Hurricanes and had a very up and down college career.
The Bills drafted him in the second round in 2014 and he started every game until his illness forced him from the lineup. After signing LeSean McCoy last season and committing to Tyrod Taylor as their quarterback of the future, the Bills are hoping Henderson can return to help take them to the playoffs and maybe the top of the AFC East for the first time since the 1990’s.