Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback Ron Brooks had foot surgery on Thursday and is out indefinitely, head coach Chan Gailey informed reporters on Saturday. The injury occurred prior to the team's pre-season finale when Brooks was stepped on by a teammate during practice.
Brooks, the second of the Bills' two fourth-round draft picks this past April, is currently a part of the team's 53-man roster. The timeline for his return is unclear, but Gailey did not rule out the new IR rule in which a player can be recalled to the active roster for six weeks as an option for Brooks. Teams can't place a player on IR with that designation until September 4.
One of six cornerbacks on the roster, Brooks' injury - along with the slow rehabilitation process for veteran Terrence McGee - could leave the Bills with just four healthy corners for their Week 1 matchup against the New York Jets. That's not a huge concern for the moment, given that the Jets run a pretty conservative offense, but if any of those four players gets dinged, watch out. Buffalo may need to make a move at corner this week.