ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Brad Smith #16 of the Buffalo Bills rushes and picks up a first down during an NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
The Week 17 injury report has not officially been released yet, but when the Buffalo Bills take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, they'll be without the services of three players that did not participate in practice this week.
Demetrius Bell (knee) will be replaced by rookie Chris Hairston at left tackle. Kraig Urbik (knee) was spelled by Colin Brown at center in last week's win over Denver, and Brown will get his first career start at that position in New England. Finally, Brad Smith (hamstring) will sit out the finale, as well, replaced at receiver likely by a combination of players headlined by veteran Derek Hagan.
It has been another absurd season for Buffalo on the injury front, with a key player landing on Injured Reserve or being ruled out of a critical matchup seemingly every week. This is the last injury report post we'll be writing for a while; cross your fingers that what's left of the Buffalo Bills can get through their last game of the season on Sunday in a healthy fashion.
Regular season finales during non-playoff seasons stink. You can sense change on the horizon, but we're stuck watching the remnants of a once-promising team trying to salvage a modicum of pride. Who else is ready for the season to be over?