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Friday, October 17, 2008
Chargers to face hurting Bills secondary


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills had two weeks to get ready for the San Diego Chargers but that wasn't enough time for the Bills' secondary to get healthy.

Bills coach Dick Jauron already has ruled out starting cornerback Terrence McGee, who suffered a knee injury in Week 4. Another cornerback, Ashton Youbouty, is listed as questionable with a sore foot.

"He is very limited in team [drills] and very limited in the look-squad stuff," Jauron said of Youboty. "So we're just trying to get him through it. Again, we'll just have to see how that thing feels at game time."

That should be troubling for Bills fans. The Chargers have the No. 8 ranked passing offense and are coming off a game in which Philip Rivers targeted the New England Patriots corners for several long gains. Rivers threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He did so without Chris Chambers, who's listed as doubtful for Sunday.

The Bills might need to lean on rookies Leodis McKelvin and Reggie Corner more than they'd like.

Asked if the Bills will need to get creative in how they line up in the secondary, Jauron simply replied "Absolutely."

Listed as questionable on the Bills' injury report are Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Schobel (foot) and starting center Melvin Fowler (elbow). Duke Preston would start if Fowler can't go.