The Bills entered this week’s practices down 16 guys – that’s 16 players either absent or not participating from the full 53-man roster. Add starting cornerback Terrence McGee to the list.
McGee elected to have arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair minor damage in his right knee with the hopes of being ready on Nov. 15 for the Titans.
The backfield also has seen the loss of Rookie safety Jairus Byrd – who has six interceptions in the Bills last three games – who aggravated a past groin injury. The injuries extend to the linebacker and line corps too as DE Aaron Schobel is also with a groin injury and LB Keith Ellison has a strained quad.
While none of these injuries are season-ending, the way they have stacked up has caused a mountain of problems for Buffalo this season. The good news on the offensive side is that QB Trent Edwards will likely be back and have two weeks to practice before his next start.
For the Bills the bye week couldn’t possibly come at a better time. Now it is just an issue of whether or not they will be able to rest up, heal, and put the week off to good use.