Buffalo Bills Dreadful Midseason Injury Analysis
What seemed to be a promising year for the 2009-2010 Buffalo Bills has turned into nothing less than disaster, due to the unfathomable amounts of injuries occurring each week.
Injuries on the Defensive Side
Ten of the 11 original opening day defensive starters for Buffalo have been injured at some point this year.
MLB Paul Posluzny, a captain and leader of the Buffalo defense suffered an injury to his forearm, causing him to miss a couple of weeks. His replacement, Marcus Buggs, looked solid enough to hold down the fort until he was injured, and will now miss the remainder of the season.
OLB Kawika Mitchell, an explosive playmaker and another leader of Buffalo's solid linebacking core, was injured as well, and will also miss the remainder of the season.
OLB Keith Ellison, who leads Buffalo in tackles, was also recently injured, which required Buffalo to sign Chris Draft and try out Safety Bryan Scott at the position.
At the season's start, we were all excited for a promising, young secondary with a bright future.
CB Leodis McKelvin was expected to have a breakout season, yet suffered a broken fibula, and also will miss the remainder of the season.
CB Terrence McGee, who recently signed a five-year extension, has been banged up all year, and required arthroscopic knee surgery, leading him to not perform as his usual self.
S Donte Whitner is an unbelievable safety, yet he has missed the last two weeks due to ankle injuries. He started the season strong, returning an interception for a touchdown against Tampa, but losing Whitner is a key loss for the Buffalo secondary.
S Bryan Scott was also injured, yet it has allowed rookie FS Jairus Byrd to showcase his skills as a ball-hawk.
Defensive Line/Defensive Ends
Both defensive tackles Kyle Williams and John McCargo have been injured as well, which is a main factor contributing to Buffalo having the 32nd-ranked rush defense.
DE Aaron Schobel is one of the top pass rushers in the NFL, recording a team-leading five sacks on the season, while suffering injuries to his groin and ankle.
Another defensive end, Chris Kelsay, has also been banged up throughout the year, mostly due to issues with his knee, which is not allowing him to perform as he should.
With Marcus Stroud the only defensive starter that hasn't been injured this year, it is clear that something is wrong. Buffalo is one of the lowest-ranked teams in offensive time of possession, which is keeping the defense on the field for way too long. This fatigue could be a great contributing factor to these injuries.
Injuries On the Offensive Side
With the addition of rookies Eric Wood and Andy Levitre, the only experience Buffalo had on the offensive line was OT Brad Butler. He was injured in the second week of the season, which resulted in a mix-match shuffle of the already inexperienced line.
Replacement T Demetrius Bell looked solid in his first game, yet was injured as well, which brought an unknown Jamon Meridith to start. Just like his predecessors, he looked great against Carolina, but what do you know? He was also subsequently injured.
TE Shawn Nelson, the rookie out of Southern Miss, seemed to have all the skills needed, and as a Bills fan I was happy to see him score the first touchdown of the season. Yet with the luck of Buffalo, he suffered a concussion and has missed the past couple weeks.
In addition to Nelson, the other TEs, Derek Fine and Derek Schouman, also suffered injuries, which has greatly affected Buffalo's offensive attack.
Trent Edwards was playing solid football through the first three games of the season. Unfortunately, he suffered another concussion, causing him to miss the previous two games.
This surplus of injuries has definitely had a detrimental affect on the psyche of the Buffalo Bills. With players coming and going, it is difficult to develop a game plan in which the players can mesh with each other, and learn each other's tendencies.
Tackle Brad Butler was the veteran leader of the young offensive line, and without him Buffalo's rush attack has been less than pedestrian and the quarterback doesn't have enough time to wait for plays to develop downfield, which often results in a sack or a screen pass that gains three yards.
Where do you think Buffalo would be in the AFC East if it wasn't for all of these injuries?
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