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Scott Chandler Injury: Updates on Bills TE's Possible Concussion

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 25: Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reaches in to break up a pass intended for Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2012

As soon as Scott Chandler emerged, an injury made him disappear.

On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills tight end blew up for two touchdowns against the New England Patriots, but a blow to the head forced him out of the game. Mike Reiss of ESPN reported:

Bills TE Scott Chandler and WR Donald Jones both left for locker room. Announced with head injuries.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 30, 2012

Chandler finished the day with four receptions for 62 yards.

UPDATE: Sunday, October 7 at 3:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Not surprisingly, Chandler is active for the Bills on Sunday. He didn't appear on the inactives list and was listed as probable throughout the week, so the news is hardly shocking.

While he doesn't have a great matchup against the San Francisco 49ers this week, fantasy owners can feel free to start him.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Monday, October 1 at 8:30 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Head coach Chan Gailey doesn't seem worried about his emerging star tight end. BuffaloBills.com's Chris Brown has the latest:

“('Scott Chandler) and Donald both got dinged a little bit, but it seems to be minor,' said Gailey. 'It seems like they’ll be okay.'”

---END OF UPDATE---

Losing the 6’7”, 260-pound touchdown machine for a lengthened period of time would be a major loss for the Bills. With four scores on the season, he’s become one of the most productive red-zone threats in the NFL. Even if Chandler is capable of suiting up next week, though, if he isn’t 100 percent, Buffalo will feel his pain.

Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, while active, are still banged up. It showed, as each halfback failed to even eclipse the 35-yard rushing mark versus the Pats. Having three of their four most feared touchdown threats hurt (the fourth being Steve Johnson) will hold the Bills offense back.

And for how poorly their defense played on Sunday, surrendering 42 second-half points, the Bills offense must be clicking on all cylinders for them to beat any respectable opponent.

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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