The preseason is mercifully over. That's what Buffalo Bills fans can take away from the team's second straight lackluster performance to end the 2013 preseason, a 35-13 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Matt Leinart had a stat line only Bluto could love, finishing with a 0.0 passer rating and two interceptions after getting the start for the Bills. Thaddeus Lewis was better, passing for 116 yards and a touchdown. On a related note, EJ Manuel threw passes in shorts before the game and did not walk with a limp, while Jeff Tuel was held out of the game to protect him from injury.
The biggest injury news is on the offensive line, where Doug Legursky was carted off the field at the end of the third quarter with a leg injury after being rolled up on. Marquise Goodwin also left the game with a poked eye, but he should be fine. The news might not be so good for Brad Smith, who suffered a rib injury and didn't return. Also in the roster battle at receiver, Chris Hogan and Marcus Easley returned shortly after sustaining injuries in the second half. Easley had Buffalo's lone offensive highlight on the night, catching Lewis's 79-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
The Bills also continued their impressive run on penalties after being flagged nine times for 60 yards tonight. They led the league in both categories this preseason.
Now Buffalo must face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots a week from Sunday. The final roster will be announced this Saturday with the deadline at 6PM ET.