The Buffalo Bills had a tough time against the New York Jets in a 27-20 loss at the Meadowlands on Sunday. Not only did they lose the game, but they lost some key people in the process as well. The Bills were already thin in the secondary with CB Stephon Gilmore, CB Ron Brooks and S Jairus Byrd out, and things were exacerbated early in the game when CB Leodis McKelvin injured his hamstring. The loss of McKelvin meant that it the Bills were forced to play the game without their top three CBs coming into the season. Disaster ensued as rookie QB Geno Smith hung 331 yards on the Bills defense. To make matters worse McKelvin’s status is still uncertain for Sunday’s game meaning that Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens may get a crack at the Bills secondary without its top three corners.
McKelvin wasn’t the only injury. Starting DE Alex Carrington was lost for the season after tearing his quadriceps muscle. Carrington is a solid role player and will be missed in the Bills lineup. Worse for him is that he is in a contract year so he will now have to enter free agency having missed the final 13 games of the season. The Bills will replace him with veteran Alan Branch and spell Branch with Jay Ross who was part of the final cut down for the Bills during the season.
The Bills lost three other players throughout the course of the game, all major contributors, in RB C.J. Spiller, DE Mario Williams and DT Marcell Dareus. Coach Doug Marrone indicated on Monday that he expects all three to be able to play in Sunday’s game vs. the Ravens. Despite their availability the situation will bear watching as all three players are important to the Bills. The last thing a young team trying to improve needs is to lose key players this early in the season.