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Tommy Sweeney

Buffalo Bills
Tight End #89
Buffalo Bills
Tight End #89

Tommy Sweeney News

Participates Wednesday

Sweeney was back at practice Wednesday after missing Saturday's preseason finale due to a foot injury, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: The Bills must have figured his injury was minor, as they cut Jacob Hollister on Tuesday and now only have two true tight ends on the roster -- Sweeney and starter Dawson Knox. The third-year man enters the 2021 campaign as a clear backup to Knox, though for now he's only one injury away from a key role in a high-powered offense.

Sep 1, 2021 11:36 PM EST

Not playing Saturay

Sweeney (foot) will not play in Saturday's exhibition game against the Bears, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Sweeney has been sidelined at practice this last week due to a foot injury sustained in the team's preseason opener agaisnt the Lions. He saw 18 offensive snaps in the contest. He is looking to earn a spot on the Bills' 53-man roster providing depth at tight end.

Aug 21, 2021 10:20 AM EST

Misses Sunday's practice

Sweeney didn't practice Sunday due to an apparent foot injury, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sweeney played 18 offensive snaps in Friday's preseason opener against the Lions and hauled in two of his three targets for 34 yards. However, he apparently suffered an injury and was seen in a walking boot Sunday. The Lions haven't yet announced when Sweeney will be able to return.

Aug 15, 2021 7:44 PM EST

Ready to resume career

Coach Sean McDermott indicated this week that Sweeney is back to normal after missing most of last season due to effects from COVID-19, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports. "He's off to a great start. He's in a good spot. He's worked his tail off, he's been here most of the offseason," McDermott said.

Analysis: It's been a struggle for the 2019 seventh-rounder out of Boston College, as he caught just eight balls for 114 yards in his rookie season and never saw action in 2020. The Bills have five tight ends with a viable shot of making the roster, but only Dawson Knox seems like a sure bet to make the team. Sweeney could begin 2021 anywhere from No. 2 on the depth chart to being a camp cut.

May 26, 2021 9:55 PM EST

Expected to be ready for 2021

Bills GM Brandon Beane said Tuesday that Sweeney should be ready for the 2021 season, Thad Brown of WROC-TV reports.

Analysis: Sweeney developed myocarditis as a complication from COVID-19 last season. Beane relayed that Sweeney still has a few more visits with the cardiologist before he's fully cleared, but the 25-year-old tight end is on track to play next year. With Dawson Knox and Jacob Hollister in the fold, Sweeney will be aiming for a depth role during training camp.

Apr 20, 2021 4:31 PM EST

Won't return this season

Sweeney (foot) will be sidelined for the rest of the season due to myocarditis, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old has been on the PUP list all season with a foot injury and spent a couple weeks on the reserve/COVID-19 list in late October/early November, and he's apparently dealing heart inflammation stemming from the virus. Sweeney will take it easy to avoid aggravating the issue and could be back next season if all goes well over the next few months.

Nov 23, 2020 1:38 PM EST

Back with team

The Bills activated Sweeney off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Sweeney has yet to suit up in game action this season, as he's battled a foot injury and placement on the COVID-19 list. The team is pretty set with Dawson Knox and Tyler Kroft as the top two receiving options at tight end, so if Sweeney does end up playing he'll likely only assume a blocking role for the offense.

Nov 11, 2020 6:38 PM EST

Moved to COVID-19 list

Sweeney (foot) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Sweeney was already on the PUP list due to a foot injury -- he hasn't seen action all season -- but because he's been deemed to have been in close contact with fellow tight end Dawson Knox -- who tested positive for COVID-19 -- Sweeney has been placed on the list due to league protocol, even though he hasn't necessarily tested positive for the virus himself.

Oct 24, 2020 12:15 PM EST

Out to begin 2020 season

Sweeney (foot) was placed on the Reserve PUP list on Saturday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The second-year tight end will miss several games and won't be able to start practicing with his teammates until the start of Week 7 at the earliest. Dawson Knox, Tyler Kroft and blocking specialist Lee Smith with make up the tight end corps for Week 1 and beyond.

Sep 5, 2020 11:17 PM EST

Foot injury lingers

Sweeney (foot) remains on the Active/PUP list and is not practicing Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Sweeney currently sits fourth on the depth chart and is no certainty to secure a roster spot even though he saw action in six games as a seventh-round rookie last season.

Aug 19, 2020 6:43 AM EST

Heads to PUP

Sweeney has been placed on the Active/PUP list due to a foot injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The second-year tight end has some work to do to gain some form of meaningful role in the Buffalo offense now that Tyler Kroft is healthy again and set to compete with Dawson Knox for the top role. We'll see if Sweeney can get back at it in relatively short order so he can stake his claim to the No. 3 role.

Jul 28, 2020 1:06 PM EST

See action as rookie

Sweeney, a seventh-round pick out of Boston College, appeared in six games for the Bills and caught eight balls on 13 targets for 114 yards and no scores.

Analysis: Sweeney saw most of his action around the team's other tight ends being hurt, but also served as a healthy inactive more often than not. He's currently fourth in the pecking order as the Bills gear up for 2020, while the team has already kicked the tires on Greg Olsen. However, teammate Tyler Kroft could get released if the Bills try to free up some cash space. We'll see how it all shakes out, but expect Sweeney to have to earn a job once training camp rolls around.

Feb 26, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Low volume in win

Sweeney caught one of three targets for three yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Even though starter Tyler Kroft remains out with foot and ankle injuries, it was Dawson Knox (3-67-1) who was a far bigger part of the game plan Sunday, with the latter on the field for 56 percent of the offensive plays to Sweeney's 29 percent. Sweeney's role could be even further reduced further once Kroft eventually returns. The seventh-round rookie has done a nice job to make the team and has turned in a few key plays already, but he looks resigned to a depth role during his first NFL campaign.

Sep 23, 2019 11:18 AM EST

Makes impact in debut

Sweeney caught both of his targets for 35 yards in Buffalo's come-from-behind win over the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: That was third on the team in yardage for the game. It was also the only meaningful contribution from Buffalo tight ends, as Dawson Knox had one catch for one yard and Lee Smith didn't have any. Starter Tyler Kroft (broken foot) should be back in a week or two, but Sweeney, a seventh-rounder, may be winning the battle for the No. 2 pass-catching tight end role. Quarterback Josh Allen got a lot of time this summer with Sweeney while most of the other tight ends were battling injuries.

Sep 8, 2019 10:30 PM EST

Sits Thursday's preseason finale

Sweeney did not see the field during Thursday's preseason win over the Vikings.

Analysis: That's actually a good thing for Sweeney, as the Bills did not suit up any regulars across their first two units. It also shows how far the seventh-round rookie has come in his first camp. Sweeney, fellow rookie Dawson Knox and blocking specialist Lee Smith look like locks for the roster, while it's incumbent Jason Croom who probably needs an injury spot declared for starter Tyler Kroft (broken foot) in order to see his longshot chances come through.

Aug 30, 2019 7:59 AM EST

Catching on to pro game

Sweeney hauled in both of his targets for 47 yards during Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.

Analysis: The rookie seventh-rounder reportedly had a good week of joint practices with the Panthers and has been making a good impression in quarterback Josh Allen and the coaching staff. "Tommy has been fantastic," Allen told the Bills' official site. "He's answered when his number has been called. Obviously he's been forced into a lot of action with the ones. He's made some big plays for us already ... So I really appreciated what he's been doing and the results are showing." Sweeney is still behind several others on the depth chart, but with a banged-up crew ahead of him he's starting to cement a roster spot, and could be needed for a bigger role should injuries linger into the regular season.

Aug 19, 2019 7:48 AM EST

No catches Thursday

Sweeney dropped his only target in his preseason debut against the Colts on Thursday.

Analysis: With Tyler Kroft (foot) and fellow rookie Dawson Knox (hamstring) on the shelf, Sweeney has looked good in training camp practices as the pass-catching tight end. He didn't do much with the chance in the team's first game action of the season, though he'll get more chances should the two aforementioned players above him remain slow to heal.

Aug 9, 2019 8:07 AM EST

Temporary first-team looks

Sweeney has been seeing looks with the first team, as three other tight ends are working through injuries, Nate Mendelson of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Sweeney, a rookie seventh-rounder out of Boston College, may have originally been a question mark to make the team, but several injuries have pushed him up the depth chart. Right now he's the top pass-catching tight end in camp. Tyler Kroft (broken foot) is expected back somewhere around the start of the regular season, while fellow rookie Dawson Knox (hamstring) will probably be back sooner. Lee Smith is locked in with a roster spot but is primarily a blocker. As of now, Sweeney probably has the edge over Jason Croom (hamstring) if only because he's healthy and the Bills can only afford to carry so many injured guys.

Aug 4, 2019 12:52 PM EST

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