The Buffalo Bills have only had two starting offensive linemen that have been 100% healthy and played every snap with the first-team offense in the preseason: left guard Andy Levitre and center Geoff Hangartner. Demetrius Bell (left tackle) and Eric Wood (right guard) have been eased back into the lineup following season-ending injuries last year; right tackle Cornell Green has been banged up, as well.
As the Bills continue to work their starting offensive linemen back into football shape, head coach Chan Gailey warns that the team may not be able to play their starting five for every snap early in the season.
"With our injury situation in the offensive line, I don't think we're going to get full games out of every one of those five from the get-go," Gailey said Saturday. "I think other guys are going to have to play during the course of a game."
The Bills only have three reserves along the offensive front at the moment. Second-year swing tackle Jamon Meredith is the most experienced, with eight appearances and four starts in 2009. Rookie tackle Ed Wang is injured himself, unlikely to play early in the season as he still has a massive cast on his hand. Cordaro Howard, an undrafted guard out of Georgia Tech, is the lone interior line reserve.
Buffalo is scouring the waiver wire as they look to fortify their roster and build their practice squad. You can bet that additional linemen are being sought, but Meredith and Howard are the likely rotational guys for Week 1.