The Buffalo Bills are suddenly in a world of hurt. After mostly avoiding major injuries this season, a slew of them hit the team on Sunday against the New York Jets.
The longest-term injury was to second-year linebacker Matt Milano, who may have played his way into the Pro Bowl conversation with his turnovers this season. He had surgery on his broken leg Monday, but head coach Sean McDermott said they were optimistic he’d be ready for off-season work. Given the gruesome nature of the injury, that’s a good sign.
Both of the team’s top running backs are being listed as day-to-day, so expect some movement on the roster. LeSean McCoy only had two carries Sunday after pulling up with a hamstring injury. His backup, Chris Ivory, left the game later with a shoulder injury.
Another roster situation that could merit watching is the kicker, where Stephen Hauschka is also listed as day-to-day after taking a cheap shot from a Jets’ defensive lineman on Sunday. He had x-rays on his sore lower back after the game.
Ryan Lewis is in the concussion protocol at a position already dealing with some injuries. Cornerback Taron Johnson hasn’t yet been placed on injured reserve, but he had surgery last week that is likely to end his rookie season. Lewis was his replacement. Buffalo has some very green corners waiting in the wings.
Tight end Jason Croom remains day-to-day with a groin injury that kept him out on Sunday, and quarterback Derek Anderson is still in the concussion protocol.