ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs for 30 yards against the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills were already banged up along the offensive line, and now they'll be down two more players when they wrap up their regular season schedule against the New England Patriots this Sunday. Kraig Urbik and Demetrius Bell were both injured in the win over Denver, and both will not play in Week 17.
Urbik's loss is far more significant, as he had put together a strong year as the full-time starting right guard, and had been impressive as Eric Wood's replacement at center. An impending restricted free agent, Urbik may be a player that the Bills try to lock down for the foreseeable future this off-season if they're comfortable with his prognosis and overall health.
Bell, who missed half of the season with a collarbone injury, hurt his knee and ankle against Denver. An impending unrestricted free agent, the oft-injured Bell may have trouble getting another look from Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey given his inherent unreliability due to his injury history.
Chris Hairston will replace Bell on Sunday (and perhaps permanently), while Colin Brown will get the nod at center. The team currently only has six healthy offensive linemen, so it's likely that at least one will be added to the active roster in the next day or two.