Seantrel Henderson hasn't exactly been a stalwart at right tackle for the Buffalo Bills these past two seasons, but two different coaching staffs have liked his talent enough to keep him as the starter.
That's when he's healthy, though. Henderson has now missed two consecutive games with an undisclosed illness, creating a situation that calls to mind the mysterious ailment that held Cordy Glenn out of most of the 2014 preseason. Rex Ryan commented on Henderson's ailment on Monday; the interview transcription was posted to the team's official website, and his comments were intriguing:
He had a setback with his illness. We hope that he’ll be able to return here today hopefully. It’s a concern. The first thing you think of is the young man - that’s the major thing right there - the way it affects his career moving forward. We’ll see. I don’t foresee that being a thing he can’t overcome, but right now, it’s kind of going like this for the rest of the season, that’s probably a possibility."
Ryan applying the illness to the scope of Henderson's career should make Bills fans take notice. Henderson is inconsistent, but is obviously a physically talented player with nearly two years' worth of starting experience.
More importantly, if he's out for the season (or possibly longer), it leaves Buffalo with a severe lack of offensive tackle depth. The new starting right tackle job would be a battle between Jordan Mills and former second-round selection Cyrus Kouandjio, one which Mills appears to be winning of late. The loser would be Buffalo's only backup offensive tackle. Oh, and left tackle Cordy Glenn is a free agent this year. Send Henderson a "get well soon" card, Bills fans.