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Bills offseason keeps being weird with disappearance of Seantrel Henderson

Henderson tweets like he's ready to help the Bills win a Super Bowl in 2016, but his teammates and coaches haven't seen him or heard from him since the 2015 season ended.

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By looking at Seantrel Henderson's Twitter account, it'd be impossible to guess that the Buffalo Bills offensive tackle has gone AWOL.

Henderson missed the final five games of the season after he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, but Bills players and coaches say they haven't heard from him since. According to Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News, the Bills have already moved on with a plan that doesn't include Henderson in the starting lineup due to his disappearance.

"I can't really recall talking to him," Bills coach Rex Ryan told Dunne. "I think he has been in since then but I haven't talked to him personally."

One Bills player told Dunne that "nobody knows" if Henderson will even be on the team next year, yet the player's Twitter account looks like it belongs to a player excited to try to make a Super Bowl run:

He interacted with #BillsMafia on draft daycongratulated Cordy Glenn on his new contract with the Bills, and celebrated the release of the NFL schedule, saying he has "so much motivation" to get started.

But he has been nowhere to be seen for the Bills. Henderson's agent, Alan Herman, confirmed to The Buffalo News that his absence was due to two surgeries he had in relation to his Crohn's diagnosis, but that the Bills were aware Henderson would be returning for training camp on June 1.

"He's ready to go," Herman said, according to The Buffalo News. "He'll be ready to go into training camp and compete for the job."

Henderson was a seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and slid in the order largely because of multiple failed drug tests, including one at the NFL Combine. His work ethic and desire to play football were called into question, but he still earned a starting job for the Bills as a rookie and had 26 consecutive starts before Crohn's ended his 2015 season.

But he has been an inconsistent player on the field and an unpredictable personality off of it.

The Bills have already had to deal with injuries and surgeries for receiver Sammy Watkins and first-round pick Shaq Lawson during the 2016 offseason, as well as criticisms of their new media policy and odd comments by the general manager. The surgery of a starting offensive tackle is somehow just a side note for the Bills, but could be a storyline that greatly impacts the team in 2016.