The locals are talking about Crowell being placed on IR ending his season. Apparently this comes out of the blue and might be a retaliation from the Bills management to Crowell who, being peeved that he hasn't had his contract extended, decided to have surgery on his knee 3 days before the start of the season. Bills HC Dick Jauron said that Crowell's decision to have surgery took him and the medical staff by surprise. The Bills don't really have a SLB on the roster to take Crowell's spot. Both possible replacements, Ellison and DiGiorgio, are more WLB types, neither weighing more than 220# soaking wet. I would imagine both would get eaten alive playing hammer over top of most TE's in this league.