Chan Gailey: No Right Tackle Time For Demetrius Bell

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills runs late in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 38-35. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Yesterday, we talked briefly about Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey's indications that Demetrius Bell would be seeing some time at tackle this weekend. The point of bringing that up on my end was to suggest that he should split time at both left and right tackle, with the goal of getting some right tackle tape on him in the event that he's re-signed this off-season to be the team's primary backup to both Chris Hairston and Erik Pears next season.

According to WGR 550, however, Bell will be playing solely left tackle this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Gailey may be hesitant to give Bell too much at once, and may be waiting to see if he's healthy enough for more extended action before experimenting further with him. Or, perhaps the team simply doesn't view Bell as an option on the right side, and therefore doesn't believe it's worth their time to experiment in that fashion.

It strikes me as odd, however, that the Bills are willing to try some things out with an eye toward the future, but perhaps not this. We'll see what happens with Bell over the final month of the season, but I'd still like to see him get some time on the right side.

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