This Isn't a Surpise: Injuries Already Piling Up for Bills

Shawn Nelson just can't seem to avoid injuries. (UPI/Matthew Healey)

NOTE: I apologize for being a bit MIA in recent days…my laptop went on a big adventure aboard some lost luggage as I was traveling for my real job. I have it back now, so I should be good to go.

Among the many things that have been frustrating about watching the Bills in recent years is the non-stop injuries the teams seems to endure. Seriously, if things got any worse last year I would have had to play wide receiver myself.

Well, a few practices into the year things are already looking a bit rough on the injury front:

TE Shawn Nelson: Ugh. The talented but troubled and oft-injured tight end had another minor setback Tuesday night, getting his leg rolled up at the end of a play. He limped off the field and was done for the day. Fortunately, initial reports seem to indicate he’ll be okay. The Bills have Wednesday off before a night practice Thursday, so he was some time to recover. But still, this guy just seems to be snakebitten with bad luck.

WR Marcus Easley: Speaking of snakebitten guys, Easley is already hurt after missing his entire rookie year with injury. Easley has a hyperextended knee and is out at least a week. This man is big and talented, but hasn’t been able to stay on the field. I just hope this is a very minor setback and he’ll be ready to go soon.

LB Kelvin Sheppard: Sheppard suffered a hamstring pull Sunday night and it’s significant enough that he’ll miss a week. This is really a bad break for the rookie, as he’s missing golden time he could be getting reps before free agent signing Nick Barnett can officially practice on the fourth of August. Any hope he had of starting opening day is likely gone now unless he is amazing when he comes back.

DB Domonic Cook: Yikes. This poor guy has had a disastrous time in the NFL so far. First, he collapsed after a conditioning session Saturday. He was fine, and returned to practice, only to badly hurt his knee the next day. He’ll miss almost a month, and will likely be put on the waived/injured list before long.


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