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Bills Lose Parrish, Davis for Season

What a difference a year makes.  Or unfortunately in the case of Roscoe Parrish, what a difference a year made. 

Earlier this week the Bills placed Parrish on injured reserve, ending the wideout’s season.  Parrish suffered a wrist injury in last Sunday’s 23-19 loss to the Chicago Bears.  Parrish was trying to make a catch late in last week’s game and came down awkwardly on the wrist.  It is the same wrist (right) that caused Parrish to miss the first six games of his rookie season in 2005 when he broke it during training camp.

Just a season ago, Parrish was the poster child for the doghouse.  Under former head coach Dick Jauron, Parrish was the invisible man in the Buffalo offense.  He finished 2009 with only three catches, and faced the prospects of a trade or a release from the Bills.

But instead new head coach Chan Gailey decided to do what Jauron didn’t: ultilize the small wideout’s speed and big play abilities.  The Bills haven’t pushed many right buttons in 2010, but Gailey giving Parrish a new lease on NFL life worked like a charm.

Parrish has already amassed 33 catches and a career-high 400 receiving yards; both numbers are more than the Bills’ No.1 receiver Lee Evans.  He was the Bills’ best punt returner, averaging just under 11 yards on 12 punt returns this season. 

Now Buffalo must try and find a replacement to fill the void left by Parrish.  That will be a lot easier said than done.  The Bills could turn to a pair of rookies, Donald Jones and David Nelson, and possibly Buffalo native Naaman Roosevelt, to step up and seize the opportunity left by Parrish’s vacancy in the offense.  It could also mean more looks for Evans and fellow wideout Steve Johnson, as well as C.J. Spiller possibly seeing an increased role in the passing game.

But, however the Bills decided what the best course of action is to replace Parrish, the offense will feature a different look.  And so will the defense without LB Andra Davis.

Davis also landed on IR due to a torn labrum suffered in opening day’s loss against Miami.  Davis missed two games because of the troublesome shoulder injury and now his season comes to an end after six games.  The Bills signed the nine-year veteran in the offseason to help serve as the primary play caller for the Bills making the switch to a 3-4 defense.

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