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Bills place Frank Gore on non-football injury list to start training camp

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The Buffalo Bills managed to make a splash with the signing of running back Frank Gore. Unfortunately, it does not appear he will be available for the start of training camp.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, he has been placed on the non-football injury list:

The Vikings have waived RB Roc Thomas, who was suspended recently. Meanwhile, Packers DB Darnell Savage was placed on the Non-Football Illness list, while Bills RB Frank Gore was on the NFI list to start camp.

Gore’s designation could simply be a matter of maintenance at this point in his career. Although there has been plenty of speculation regarding his looming retirement, the veteran has shown no signs of slowing down. Entering his 15th season in the NFL, it is safe to assume he has his offseason plan worked out by now.

The Bills’ decision to sign Frank Gore this offseason was certainly an interesting one. They have long relied on running back LeSean McCoy as the workhorse of this offense. However, it is clear they are hoping to take on a more balanced approach on offense behind quarterback Josh Allen.

Frank Gore can clearly fill a specific and urgent need for the Bills when placed in that larger context.

Despite Gore’s veteran status, he etched out an integral role in the Miami Dolphins’ offense last year, finishing with 722 rushing yards. While he is slated to serve as a complementary option in the backfield, there is a very good chance that he will add to his career numbers given McCoy’s struggles in 2018.