Last week, we suffered a number of injuries while in Dallas that will hurt us going forward, this week included.
– ILB Chris White, sent to injured reserve due to a torn ACL.
– OC Eric Wood, sent to injured reserve due to a torn ACL.
– WR David Nelson, probable due to ankle injury and illness.
– WR Steve Johnson, questionable due to shoulder injury.
– LT Chris Hairston, expected to start today after weeks away.
– LT Demetrius Bell, should be available after weeks away.
– FS George Wilson, OUT due to shoulder injury.
– CB Aaron Williams will return today after missing most of the season.
With Johnson and Nelson likely to play but at a reduced capacity and availability, it’s likely that we’ll see a lot of Fred Jackson in this one.
Even if Bell can go, Hairston should get the start (and the remainder of the starts) at left tackle as I fully believe he has better composure and ability along with the highest likelihood to stay there in 2012.
White’s injury won’t be noticed much, the already weak linebacking corps just gets weaker. The team did sign DE/OLB Kyle Moore this week to help with that, but he’ll likely be inactive this week.
Wilson not going would be huge after the year he’s had. Still undecided whether Bryan Scott or Da’Norris Searcy would start in his place. DB Josh Nesbitt was promoted this week but don’t expect him to see the field at all. If 37 is out, my money’s on a 60-40 split between Scott and Searcy simply because Scott is used all over the field in this defense. With Williams returning, the pass defense should see a huge upgrade since he’ll be taking over the nickel for McKelvin. Excited about that.
The biggest blow out of all of these is absolutely Eric Wood, however. With Wood out (again), Andy Levitre moves around again. The team’s normal starting left guard, who’s been filling in at left tackle since Bell and Hairston have been on the shelf, will be finishing the season at center. In his place, Chad Rinehart will start at left guard and Hairston will start at left tackle. That means that the only depth players remaining on this line are guard Colin Brown and tackle Demetrius Bell, along with tackle Sam Young who has yet to be active this year. That’s laughable and something that needs to be addressed in the offseason. It’s frustrating beyond all belief that after losing Wood, we went out and promoted a DB then signed a defender that may not even be able to play for us (Gailey admitted he has no idea if Moore can play linebacker at all). Urbik and Pears remain on the right side.
Hopefully, these guys can overcome these hardships and kill off this two-game losing streak they’ve got going. Miami’s on a decent roll at the moment, so this should be a good one. Check back here later to see my thoughts on what happens in South Beach. Until then, Go Bills.
UPDATE: George Wilson is OUT for today’s game. Inactives include Rian Lindell, Reggie Corner, Wilson, Josh Nesbitt, Demetrius Bell, Lee Smith, and Kyle Moore. Aaron Williams and Sam Young are active.