Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
There’s some good news for the Bills on the injury front in Week 9, especially as it pertains the both the offensive and defensive lines.
According to Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia via Twitter, starting right guard Kraig Urbik (high ankle sprain) is fully expected to return to action in Week 9 against Houston. Urbik’s return will be a welcome sight on offense. While backup Chad Rinehart is a serviceable player, he’s also been battling injuries and now might be out for the season, per Buscaglia. The line has definitely missed a consistent presence at right guard the past few weeks.
Head coach Chan Gailey is also optimistic about starting left tackle Cordy Glenn. The rookie has been out with a high ankle sprain as well, but it sounds like he’s close to returning.
On defense, Mario Williams is ready to go after undergoing minor surgery on his bothersome wrist. Bills lead journalist Chris Brown interviewed Williams, and the defensive end said he “feels great” and sounds extremely motivated to clash with his former team.
Regardless of the lineup, though, the Bills need to control the line of scrimmage in this matchup. It means shutting down Arian Foster. It means establishing the run. It means putting pressure on Matt Schaub. And it means protecting Ryan Fitzpatrick.
It’s going to be a tough battle, but if the Bills can execute a smart game plan, they could escape with a surprising victory against the Texans.