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Injuries Provide Opportunity For Bills' Aaron Maybin

One of the biggest 2010 developments for the Buffalo Bills that hasn't had an impact on the team's play on the field has been the inactivity of 2009 first-round pick Aaron Maybin. Once thought to be a pivotal piece in Buffalo's transition to the 3-4 defense, Maybin - who has yet to record his first career sack - was inactive for five straight games spanning October and November, and only recently got back into the lineup last weekend against Pittsburgh.

Injuries, however, will give Maybin an opportunity to earn his keep as the 2010 season closes and the team begins preparations for 2011.

Reggie Torbor, who has started most of the season at outside linebacker, is expected to miss a significant amount of time with a shoulder injury. Arthur Moats is the outside 'backer most likely to see significant reps added to his workload, but with Chris Kelsay playing as a down lineman frequently - particularly on passing downs - Maybin and Antonio Coleman will see increased playing time, as well. Maybin recorded a tackle and drew a holding penalty on a speed rush in limited playing time against the Steelers.

Maybin, who told reporters Wednesday that he's been working on improving his core strength and defending the run, is ready for the challenge.

"I’m excited about the opportunity," Maybin said. "Obviously nobody wants to have as many teammates go down as we have this year. But whenever somebody does go down that means there is an opportunity for somebody else to step up and contribute, so that’s what I’m trying to do now."