WR Craig “Buster” Davis is an immense talent. He’s so talented, in fact, that the Chargers made him a first-round draft pick in 2007. Unfortunately, the man simply can not stay healthy. During his four years he was sidelined by sore hips, ribs, hamstrings and an Achilles’ tendon. Worse, he’s had to deal with a nagging groin injury for which he’s had two operations.
When the Chargers gave up on him this offseason, Bills GM Buddy Nix – employed by the Chargers when they drafted Davis – decided to take a chance on Davis and bring him into camp. Seemed like a worthy risk given Davis’s talent level.
Well, less than two weeks later Davis is already hurt. He suffered an injury Monday night in practice, the nature of which the Bills are currently not disclosing. Chan Gailey confirmed today that Davis will be out a week and will likely be out for Saturday’s preseason contest in Denver.
Sadly for Davis, this injury is a huge setback if he expects to make this team. Already, he had a daunting list of people competing with him for spots on the roster – including Donald Jones, Naaman Roosevelt, Marcus Easley, and Felton Huggins. The last thing Davis needed was to remind the coaching staff he’s freaking Mr. Glass.
If Davis really is only out a week, next week will absolutely be make-or-break for his chances to play in Buffalo (or anywhere in the NFL) this season. He has to make a strong impression to have any sort of chance. This team is keeping maybe six receivers, and possibly only five. With four spots (Stevie Johnson, David Nelson, Roscoe Parrish, and Donald Jones) likely spoken for and a fifth guy (Naaman Roosevelt) looking really good to make the team…Davis has an uphill battle ahead of him, even with his tremendous ability.