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Next man up mantra needed to replace injured Buffalo Bills

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The head coach talks about how to deal with injuries

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The Buffalo Bills head into the bye week at a somewhat surprising 3-2 record. However, in the past two games, the team has had to deal with some tough injuries on offense, Two of the team’s top receiving threats, tight end Charles Clay and wide receiver Jordan Matthews will both miss significant time with injuries. The injuries weren’t excluded to the offense either, with linebacker Ramon Humber also scheduled to miss at least a month with a thumb injury.

Head coach Sean McDermott addressed what the Bills need to do in order to be productive with so many key players on the mend.

“You never totally replace players like Jordan Matthews or Charles Clay.....but it’s next man up,” McDermott said on the BuffaloBills.com weekly show Coffee with the Coach. “That’s the philosophy we take, that’s life in the NFL. It’s another opportunity for some one to step up and show us what they’ve got and really build for the future.”

McDermott will have to rely on guys like tight end Nick O’Leary, who was productive in his time against the Cincinnati Bengals. Another player that needs to step up is rookie wide receiver Zay Jones, who has all the potential in the world, but has yet to so the flash which warranted his high draft pick. Rookie Matt Milano replaced Humber on Sunday.