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Injuries Continue To Mount For Bills

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Chris Kelsay has been out since the first training camp practice. Demetrius Bell has been limited as he comes back from knee surgery. That's not to mention Paul Posluszny, Kawika Mitchell, and Keith Ellison, who have all been out or limited during the first week of practice.

Now comes news that Ed Wang may need surgery. Pro Football Talk is reporting that it's a hand injury, and has nothing to do with his previous ankle injury or the fact that his calf was wrapped during practice yesterday. If Wang does need surgery, the Bills' thin left tackle corps will get even thinner. The team's website is reporting that veteran Kirk Chambers has been getting reps at left tackle in Wang's stead.

Also in the training room is rookie LB Danny Batten. Coach Chan Gailey said Batten hurt his shoulder, calling it a "fairly significant injury." With Kelsay on the sideline and Aaron Schobel on the Reserve/Did Not Report list, the Bills are also thin at outside linebacker.

With the team already thin at these two vital positions, the team can't afford for these injuries to linger.

On a side note, as Ron noted yesterday, Chan Gailey is taking the unusual step of mandating knee braces on both knees for every offensive lineman during training camp. The braces will be optional on Sundays this fall, but during practice, the big men will all be wearing them. Gailey and offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris implemented the policy. The Bills head coach has used the mandate for 11 seasons. The linemen were reluctant at first, but understand the reasoning behind the move. Jamon Meredith is seen wearing braces on both of his knees in the picture above.