Bills vs. Redskins live chat, NFL preseason Week 3: second half open thread

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Out with injuries for the Bills: Kevin Kolb, Stephon Gilmore and Da'Norris Searcy. Also: the defense gave up a whopping 299 yards of Redskins offense in falling into a 20-7 hole at halftime.

Injury scares and terrible defense defined the first half of the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Washington Redskins, which they trail 20-7 at halftime.

Kevin Kolb left the game after just four passing attempts and two rushes; in converting a third down with his legs on Buffalo's lone scoring drive of the half, he appeared to take a knee to the helmet. He's been out since then with concussion-like symptoms, and we'll be watching Jeff Tuel for the rest of the afternoon.

Also injured in the first half: Stephon Gilmore was taken into the locker room with an apparent hand injury, and safety Da'Norris Searcy was also having his head examined to close the half. Justin Rogers filled in for Gilmore with the first-team defense, and rookie Duke Williams spelled Searcy at safety.

There was also a major injury scare with star running back C.J. Spiller, who did this after scoring the Bills' only touchdown:

Spiller tried to stand up after that score, but couldn't do so without assistance. He eventually walked off the field on his own power, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Spiller merely had a cut on his knee. Spiller returned to the field later in the half, finishing with six carries for 39 yards and that touchdown.

Buffalo's horrible defense was the other big story of the first half. Rex Grossman and Pat White - Rex Grossman and Pat White - combined to complete 12-of-20 passes for 203 yards with a touchdown, from Grossman to Pierre Garcon. Redskins runners (including White, who had a 14-yard touchdown run) have gained 96 yards on 18 carries. For those counting, the Bills gave up 299 yards in the first half. Even if Mike Pettine has dialed things back this week (and it appears he has), that's pretty atrocious defense.

This is your open thread for the second half of the game.

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