According to reports on Friday, Buffalo Bills’ starting right guard Jon Feliciano could miss the start of the season after suffering chest injury.
One of the positives entering the season was that the Buffalo Bills would be bringing back all five starting offensive linemen from last year. However, according to reports it appears that the team will be without starting right guard Jon Feliciano after he had surgery for a chest injury.
The injury, first reported by Buffalo Fanatics, was confirmed by multiple sources, including Sal Capaccio of WGR550. The Athletic’s Matthew Fairburn also put the timetable for recovery between two and three months.
If this timetable is accurate, the Bills could potentially have Feliciano back between the beginning of October and the beginning of November.
Feliciano joined the Bills last offseason and was one part of a number of offensive linemen added by the team. The front office elected to go with almost a complete overhaul of the position, bringing back only left tackle Dion Dawkins from the previous season.
Prior to joining the Bills, Feliciano spent three seasons with the Raiders after they selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He never became a full time starter for them and he started only eight games over that time, with a career high of four in 2018.
While Feliciano wasn’t guaranteed a starting spot when he joined the Buffalo Bills, he quickly earned the right guard spot. He remained there for the entire season and started every game for the Buffalo Bills last year.
This season he was expected to be the starting right guard for this team but could have faced some competition if the coaching staff elected to shuffle the offensive line. This injury now forces the team to try to figure out how to replace Feliciano to at least start the season.