Buffalo Bills avoid serious injuries in preseason game against Lions
The Buffalo Bills saw a number of players leave the game against the Lions due to injuries but thankful none appear to be long-term injuries.
There has been a growing trend within the NFL that teams are holding out key players and most starters in the preseason to avoid injury. However, the Buffalo Bills have not followed this and in the third preseason game played most starters through the first half against the Detroit Lions.
However, they saw a number of key players be forced to miss some playing time due to an injury sustained in the game against the Lions. The group included both starting cornerbacks Levi Wallace and Tre’Davious White, starting left guard Quinton Spain and running back Frank Gore.
While it is always a concern to see players have to leave the game, the team was able to avoid any of these injuries being too serious. The biggest concern at this point has to be Quinton Spain, who suffered an ankle injury and was seen leaving Detroit on crutches and his foot in a boot.
While Sean McDermott was non-committal during his press conference on Sunday about Spain injury or the severity of it, the signs appear to be positive for the starting left guard. According to Matt Parrino, he was on the sidelines at Sunday’s practice on the bike without the boot.
According to reports, the other players injured (Wallace, White and Gore) suffered minor injuries and while some did return, Wallace, if this was a regular season game the other two probably could have returned as well.
Now that the team is through three preseason games, the Buffalo Bills focus needs to be to get everyone healthy in time for Week 1 against the New York Jets. In addition to the players hurt against the Lions, the team is still trying to get back players like Mitch Morse, Ty Nsekhe and Jerry Hughes back into their starting lineup.