Johnson to have 'very minor' surgery

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 30, 2012
Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is scheduled to have what his agent described as ''very minor'' surgery to repair a groin injury that nagged the player for most of last season. C.J. Laboy confirmed in an email Monday that the surgery is scheduled to take place in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Johnson announced the news himself on his Twitter account, noting he wants to be 100 percent healthy heading into the season. Upon arriving in Philadelphia on Sunday evening, Johnson then proceeded to post photos of his search to find the city's best cheesesteak. Laboy said the procedure was planned. Though he added Johnson is expected to be fully recovered within weeks, the Bills aren't expected to rush the player's rehab. That makes it uncertain whether Johnson will be cleared to participate for the start of a series of voluntary minicamps, which open May 29. With 1,004 yards receiving last season, Johnson became the first Bills player to break the 1,000-yard mark in consecutive seasons. He avoided becoming a free agent in March, when he signed a five-year, $36.25 million contract extension. In other Bills news, the team has already reached agreements with a group of college prospects who were not selected in the NFL draft last weekend. Richmond quarterback Aaron Corp has agreed to a three-year contract with the team, the player's agent, Joe Linta, said. Listed at 6-foot-4, and 215 pounds, Corp began his college career at Southern California before a broken leg cost him the starting job in a competition with Matt Barkley. Upon transferring to Richmond, Corp was limited to playing just three games in 2010 because of injury. Last year, he completed 247 passes for 2,682 yards and 17 touchdowns. Though his draft stock dropped as a result of injuries, he's considered an accurate passer and a capable running threat. Corp will compete for the No. 3 job in Buffalo behind returning starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and veteran backup Tyler Thigpen. Missouri State running back Chris Douglas has agreed to sign with the Bills, according to the school's website. In 11 games last season, including four starts, Douglas finished second on the team with 559 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Mercyhurst safety Ian Wild has also agreed to sign with the Bills, according to the school's website. Despite missing the final three games last season with a shoulder injury, Wild led the Lakers with 90 tackles and a career-best seven sacks. Splitting time at safety and linebacker, Wild earned ECAC co-defensive player of the year honors last season. The Bills will host a three-day rookie minicamp that opens on May 11.
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