Mark Anderson Injury Magnifies Buffalo Bills Pass-Rush Woes & More AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IOctober 11, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 7: Defensive end Mark Anderson #93 of the Buffalo Bills stands on the sidelines against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter on October 7, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 45-3.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills' inept pass rush isn't getting any help from the football gods.

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News writes that Bills defensive end Mark Anderson will need knee surgery after an injury he sustained against the San Francisco 49ers.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey says he is out "indefinitely." Per Graham:

When asked what ligament Anderson hurt Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, Gailey said, "I don't know. But he'll be back. It's not like he's going to miss the rest of the season."

Gailey has been dodgy about injury issues lately, suggesting that he either doesn't understand the specifics or doesn't know.

I half-jokingly asked if the medical staff doesn't tell him everything.

"I just don't want to tell you," Gailey said. "That's the bottom line. I know what it is. But it's better to be vague."

First off, who replaced Gailey with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick? There's nothing wrong with Gailey being close to the vest with regard to injuries, but this is a sudden change for him. Perhaps the slow start to the season has him reassessing some of his tactics.

He's going to have to reassess all of the tactics on the defensive side of the ball.

The Bills have logged just 10 sacks this season, and have logged just one sack in their three losses. 

Not only that, the Bills have blitzed just 18.2 percent of the time this season (33 out of 181 drop-backs), according to; that could be the lowest percentage in the NFL. The pass rush has been one of the most glaring problem spots, primarily because the Bills spent so much money to fix it this offseason. Without Anderson, they may have to get creative in how they get after the quarterback.

Here are some more news and updates from around the AFC East.


Buffalo Bills

Graham also says that Gailey and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick appear ready to live or die together in their tenure with the Bills.

Nick St. Denis of AFC East Daily writes that Bills center Eric Wood and the rest of the team are trying to avoid the "here we go again" mentality.


Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post lists six different important plays which he says the box score doesn't serve justice from the Dolphins' win over the Bengals.

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald says the Dolphins aren't likely to sell out their game against the Rams, meaning it could be blacked out.


New England Patriots

According to CBS Boston, Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes' homophobic tweets were a joke.

Field Yates of ESPN Boston says the Patriots have worked out wide receiver Legedu Naanee and cornerback Zach Bowman.


New York Jets

According to Dan Hanzus of, free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens says it's the Jets who are desperate, not him, after his tweet informing the Jets that his services are available.

TJ Rosenthal of thinks the Jets need to continue to employ their dice-rolling antics from Monday night.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.