There’s no other way around it: Injuries are a major part of the sport that is professional American football.
And they suck. Badly.
Especially when your team is viewed as a Super Bowl contender.
The Buffalo Bills are currently experiencing both sides of the coin in training camp. The Bills are widely regarded as Super Bowl favorites, but, right now, they are dealing with a ton of injuries in camp.
And it’s not just among depth and role players. The injuries have taken hold of several starters and key contributors. The Bills held a walkthrough on Wednesday, so, they technically didn’t practice.
Therefore, below is the list of injuries leading up to Wednesday’s walkthrough:
- CB Tre’Davious White, G Ike Boettger, and Eli Ankou are on the PUP due to injuries suffered either during the 2021 season or an offseason development
- G Rodger Saffold is dealing with cracked ribs and is on the NFI list
- S Jordan Poyer hyperextended his elbow Tuesday
- S Micah Hyde missed the previous Saturday and was limited Monday due to soreness in his hip
- WR Jamison Crowder missed a week of practice, but practiced fully Tuesday
- G Ryan Bates has missed five practices with soreness
- DTs Tim Settle and Brandin Bryant have missed practice time, as well
That’s not the entire list, either. Other players such as WR Jake Kumerow, WR Marquez Stevenson, and OL Spencer Brown and Ryan Bates have all dealt with their own issues, as well.
Sure, it’s early. And, knicks and bruises -even serious injuries- are a part of camp life.
However, this is a very long list. And the number of veterans and key contributors on this list is way more than anyone rooting for the Bills would like to see, at the end of the day.
But, the Bills still have plenty of time to get everyone healthy and ready to go before the start of the season. They have enough core players healthy to where they can weather the storm if things don’t improve health-wise. And, fortunately, none of these injuries are on a Ryan Jensen- or Tim Patrick-type level to where players are going to either miss significant time or the entire season.
Still, I’m sure Sean McDermott and co. would like to see this trend end as soon as possible.
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