The Bills suffered another blow on Friday night, as the team lost fourth-year tight end Chris Gragg for the season due to a knee injury.
The tight end announced himself that he would be out for the duration of the 2016 campaign in an Instagram post.
On his account Gragg wrote the following: “Hate that my 2016 football season had to end like this. I had a pretty good feeling its was gonna be big, but life happens. The MAJOR ? is when life happens, dont let it define you, dont let it destroy you, but let it strengthen you.
“Make it just a chapter in your story where u take what happens and grow from it. So dont worry if you know me you kno, ILL BE BACK.”
Gragg has done well for himself considering he was a Bills’ seventh-round pick back in 2013. He has started 10 games over the past three seasons with the Bills, and entering 2016 was going to be the number one backup to Bills starting tight end Charles Clay.
Last season Gragg made 12 catches for 150 yards.
The knee injury suffered by Gragg took place when he was hit by Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall, as he hit the tight end low after catching a pass from EJ Manuel.
Gragg didn’t seem happy about the hit, as he questioned it on Twitter after the game, stating the following: “Rather get hit high than low….#imJustSaying.”
With Gragg on the shelf, the Bills will have to pick from a couple options to know by the top backup to Clay. One player that could help in that void is veteran Jim Dray, who the Bills inked to a deal this last offseason. Dray caught 43 passes for 457 yards between 2013-14 for the Cardinals and Browns.
2015 sixth-rounder Nick O’Leary is another option for the Bills, but it would seem that Dray is going to get the first look from coach Rex Ryan.
Ryan said of the injury to Gragg after the injury – “Yeah both of them it looks like ACLs, which is a real shame.” The other player he was talking about is cornerback Jonathan Dowling, who was hurt in the game against the Redskins as well.
The Bills have lost a couple of defensive players already this summer, losing Reggie Ragland for the season and Shaq Lawson for an undetermined portion of it.
Marcell Dareus faces a four-game suspension, and IK Enemkpali tore an ACL that led to a waived/injured transaction. The football odds at William Hill on the Bills haven’t changed all that much, as the team is still +500 to win the AFC East.
It’s going to be tough for the Bills to win the division with injuries, and here’s hoping that things will slow down as the season gets ready to start on September 11th.
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