Injury Bug Continues to Bite Bills

The injury list started just one game into this season and with three weeks in the books, the list is getting longer by the game.

Middle linebacker Paul Pozluszny broke his forearm in the opener against New England and probably won’t return until later this month or possibly by the beginning of November. Starting right tackle Brad Butler and tight end Derek Schouman were both placed on injured reserve suffered season ending knee injuries in the home opener against Tampa Bay in Week 2. Now it appears we can add free safety Donte Whitner, cornerback Leodis McKelvin and many others to the growing list.

McKelvin suffered a cracked fibula in the Saints game last Sunday and did not return. Though he was not placed on injured reserve, McKelvin stands to miss a significant amount of time. Whitner, however, is an ambiguous case. He exited the game last Sunday late in the fourth quarter and did not return. According to, Whitner underwent thumb surgery on Monday. The severity of the injury isn’t thought to be as bad as McKelvin’s, however Bills head coach Dick Jauron described Whitner’s status as a week-to-week basis and hasn’t been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Miami. McKelvin was replaced by cornerback Drayton Florence, who made his first appearance as a Buffalo Bill on Sunday, and stands to take McKelvin’s spot in the lineup. Whitner was replaced by rookie Jairus Byrd and George Wilson, and if Whitner is unable to go on Sunday, Byrd and Wilson will see their playing time increased heavily.

The losses of McKelvin and Whitner, both costly, weren’t the only ones. As if Whitner’s injury wasn’t bad enough, his partner in the secondary, strong safety Bryan Scott, suffered an ankle injury late in the game and did not return. He was taken for an MRI earlier this week and at best, his status for Sunday’s contest in Miami is questionable.

The Bills’ offensive line suffered another hit as well in Sunday’s game against New Orleans. Starting left tackle Demetrius Bell left in the fourth quarter with an apparent groin injury and did not return. There has been no update on his availability for Sunday.

Other Bills dealing with injuries include rookie tight end Shawn Nelson, who missed Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury and center Geoff Hangartner is dealing with a back injury. Corner back Terrence McGee and wide receiver Josh Reed are battling nagging ankle injuries and fellow wide out Roscoe Parrish is dealing with a quad injury. Hangartner, McGee, Reed and Parrish all played in last Sunday’s game and all four did not miss any time during the game.

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One Response to “Injury Bug Continues to Bite Bills”

  1. The McKelvin injury is tough to swallow.

    He makes some mental mistakes, but he looks like he’s going to be a good player for some time.

    I’m looking forward to Maybin doing something,anything.

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