The Buffalo Bills are reportedly set to lose one of their offensive linemen ahead of the upcoming season.
According to ESPN, Brandon Shell was not in practice on Tuesday and is poised to enter retirement despite expectations he would be a backup tackle for the Bills in 2023.
The great nephew of Hall of Famer and respected head coach Art Shell, Brandon joined the Bills in June after playing seven seasons in the NFL. He was a fifth-round selection out of South Carolina in 2016, with the New York Jets picking him at No. 158 overall.
The 31-year-old made 49 appearances for the Jets, starting in 40 of them, and was the team’s main right tackle from 2017-2019.
The player signed with Buffalo on June 1 but has surprisingly made the decision to retire from football. His departure leaves Tommy Doyle and David Quessenberry as the reserve offensive tackles behind starters Dion Hawkins and Spencer Brown.
The Bills also have Richard Gouraige and Ryan Van Demark in camp with them.
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