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Aaron Williams, Stephon Gilmore injuries concerning for Buffalo Bills

As the Bills begin to look forward to Sunday's home opener against Miami, injuries to two key starters in the defensive backfield will need to be monitored closely.

Jonathan Daniel

The Buffalo Bills are undoubtedly thrilled to be entering Week 2 with a 23-20 road win over the Chicago Bears in hand, but they also have a handful of injury situations to monitor. It's possible that they'll be without several key players - most of them on defense - for this coming Sunday's home and division opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Aaron Williams: Buffalo's top safety only missed nine snaps in this contest, but was removed late in the game with what was reported as concussion-type symptoms. Head injuries are always tricky, so how quickly he can be cleared to practice will of course play into his availability next weekend.

CB Stephon Gilmore: Compounding the potential absence of Williams is Gilmore's situation; he sat out yesterday's win with a groin injury, and even though it seemed like he was pretty close to dressing (he warmed up on the field pre-game), we're in wait-and-see mode for Buffalo's top corner. If both Gilmore and Williams can't go this weekend, it's going to spread the Bills pretty thin, and push Corey Graham and Duke Williams into much more prominent roles.

LB Keith Rivers: Just when the Bills are getting Nigel Bradham back into the starting lineup, it's looking like they might be down their other outside linebacker. Rivers left the Bears game with a groin injury, and was very quickly ruled out for the second half. If he can't play, rookie Preston Brown - who played every snap on defense in the Bears game - would be his replacement.

TE Lee Smith: The Bills' best blocking tight end has not taken part in on-field activities since August 28. Unless he can get back on the practice field early this week, the Bills may need to divide his role up between Chris Gragg, Frank Summers, and possibly even Chris Hairston once again.

Jonathan Meeks: Meeks was inactive for the Bills once again in Week 1; he has not played since the team's preseason win over Carolina on August 8, and only just returned to the practice field last week. When he is able to return to the lineup, he'll likely be activated and featured on special teams.