AFC East: Marcus Buggs

Bills' bloated IR list amazingly hits 20

January, 2, 2010
Make it a full score for the Buffalo Bills.

They have sent 20 players to injured reserve, adding linebacker Nic Harris to the list Friday.

To illustrate how badly the Bills have been ravaged by injuries, I've put together a complete catalog. The rundown includes one player, receiver C.J. Hawthorne, who's on the practice squad IR.

The rest, however, are on the standard list.

Thirteen of them have started at least one game, as designated by an asterisk.

What you'll see here are players from the opening night starting lineup: both tackles, the right guard, a tight end, two linebackers and both cornerbacks. You'll also see am NFL defensive rookie of the year candidate.

You won't see quarterback Trent Edwards, who probably should be on the list. When he suffered a high ankle sprain two weeks ago, interim coach Perry Fewell said Edwards wouldn't play again. But the Bills have chosen to keep Edwards on the active roster rather than add an extra body.

Defensive help on its way for Buffalo

October, 14, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

With Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron's approval rating hovering one percentage point above low-fat milk, he could use a little pick-me-up.

Maybe two of his better defensive players can help him out be returning for Sunday's game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands.

The Buffalo News, citing an unnamed source, reports captain and middle linebacker Paul Posluszny has been telling teammates he expects to return from the broken forearm he suffered on opening night.

Safety Donte Whitner also suggested he will play against the Jets. Whitner has missed two games after thumb surgery, but his return would give the Bills half of their starting secondary. Right cornerback Leodis McKelvin is done for the year with a leg injury. Safery Bryan Scott has missed two games with a high ankle sprain.

The Bills on Wednesday morning announced they've signed a pair of injury replacements formerly of the St. Louis Rams: linebacker Chris Draft and defensive back Todd Johnson.

Spots were open on the roster because the Bills lost linebackers Kawika Mitchell (also a captain) and Marcus Buggs to season-ending knee injuries in Sunday's 6-3 snooze-and-lose to the Cleveland Browns.

Announcements made by Jauron, not about him

October, 12, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

I'm not sure what's more significant, Dick Jauron announcing he had lost two more linebackers for the rest of the season or the fact Jauron's still representing the Buffalo Bills.

Jauron remained in Bills gear Monday and maintained actual job responsibilities a day after his team evaporated at home versus the Cleveland Browns.

Bills fans were hoping they would wake up to news Jauron had been fired. The Bills are 1-7 over their past eight home games and haven't defeated a divisional opponent since December 2007.

The Bills get worse by the week, and discovering linebackers Kawika Mitchell and Marcus Buggs are gone for the year because of knee injuries in Sunday's loss make them that much less talented.

Like Lindsay Lohan, the Bills roster started out thin and has gotten frighteningly skinnier.

Original middle linebacker Paul Posluszny broke his forearm on opening night. Buggs replaced him for three games. Mitchell replaced Buggs on Sunday.

Bills roster even more threadbare

October, 11, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills went into Sunday's game with a ramshackle roster.

They're even more dilapidated now.

In Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, the Bills have lost three more players at the two positions they were thinnest: linebacker and offensive line.

Defensive captain Kawika Mitchell was carted off in the first half with a leg injury that looked serious. This week, Mitchell was switched to middle linebacker to replace Marcus Buggs, who replaced captain Paul Posluszny, who suffered a broken forearm in Week 1.

Buggs was carted off the field with a leg injury in the second half.

Keith Ellison is in the middle now.

The Bills also lost right tackle Jonathan Scott with an apparent leg injury. Scott became a starter when Brad Butler went on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in Week 2.

Kirk Chambers, a veteran journeyman cut as the end of training camp, replaced Scott.

Buffalo also is playing without both of their regular starting safeties, Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott.

AFC East accumulating sidelinebackers

September, 16, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

One week into the season, all four AFC East clubs are missing an important linebacker.

The Miami Dolphins and New York Jets opened the season each knowing they would be without a starting outside linebacker.

The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills lost their best inside linebackers for a few weeks because of injuries suffered Monday night in Gillette Stadium.

Let's take a look at each void and who is filling it.

New England Patriots

Analysis: The Patriots aren't as forthcoming with injury information as other teams, so we don't know for sure how long Mayo will be sidelined, but his absence will hurt.

The Boston Globe's Monique Walker and Christopher L. Gasper, citing two unnamed sources, report Mayo suffered a sprained medial-collateral ligament. Sources differed on the length of Mayo's recovery time, with eight weeks the longest estimate.

The Patriots turned over the defense, losing four significant leaders to retirement or trades. Mayo's importance in the transition was underscored by the fact his teammates elected him a defensive captain.

Mayo is the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for amassing 139 tackles.

Guyton and Thomas filled in for Mayo on Monday night but were shaky.

Buffalo Bills

  • Who's down? Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny.
  • Why? Broken left arm.
  • How long? Six to eight weeks (updated)
  • Who steps in? Marcus Buggs.
Analysis: What's up, Doc? That's what the Bills are asking because Buggs doesn't play anything like Posluszny.

The injury Posluszny suffered in the second quarter Monday night is similar to the one that ended his rookie season after three games in 2007. But this occurrence, while it required surgery Wednesday, it isn't as serious. Bills coach Dick Jauron said the Bills hope Posluszny will be back on the field by the season's midpoint.

Posluszny, the Butkus Award winner at Penn State four years ago, is a Bills captain. He led them with 129 tackles last year. He also had an interception, a forced fumble and a recovery.

It's a potentially season-changing blow to the lineup.

New York Jets

Analysis: Pace is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances and can't even hang out at the Jets facility.

Considering how they manhandled the Houston Texans on Sunday, the Jets did just fine without Pace and defensive end Shaun Ellis, who served a one-game suspension for getting busted with marijuana.

Gholston made four tackles, including one for a loss, but he's not even close to the player Pace is. Pace was a hellion last year, recording seven sacks, 12 tackles for losses and five forced fumbles.

The Jets proved they can make so without him, but they'll be even scarier when he returns.

Miami Dolphins

  • Who's down? Outside linebacker Matt Roth.
  • Why? Groin -- we think.
  • How long? Six weeks.
  • Who's in? Jason Taylor.
Analysis: This is the least significant of the four situations because Roth wouldn't have been an every-down player anyway, and his replacement is one of the greatest defenders in team history.

Roth, last year's starter on the strong side, arrived at training camp with what was first called an illness but was later classified a groin injury. He also wanted a new contract. Regardless, he didn't practice with the team. The Dolphins placed Roth on the injured list, meaning the soonest he must sit out the first six games.

The intention when Taylor signed with Miami was to use him on passing downs. Now the 35-year-old is playing almost every down. He recorded a sack in the season opener.

AFC East Week 12 injury report

November, 21, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills on Friday officially ruled out cornerback Jabari Greer and strong safety Donte Whitner for Sunday's critical game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.

Greer injured his knee in Monday night's loss to the Cleveland Browns. Whitner came back too soon from his separated shoulder.

The Bills also will be without Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Schobel (foot) for the sixth straight game, and linebacker Marcus Buggs (ankle) will also be out.

The good news for the Bills is that No. 2 receiver Josh Reed likely will return after missing three consecutive games.

In the other AFC East games:

The Patriots won't have linebackers Adalius Thomas (forearm) and Eric Alexander (groin) for sure and probably will be without running back LaMont Jordan (calf) again.

Big names labeled questionable are defensive end Richard Seymour (toe), linebacker Tedy Bruschi (knee) and center Dan Koppen (elbow).

  • The Dolphins list nobody on their injury report. Tight end David Martin missed practice Friday for personal reasons.

Sparano to the injured: 'Nobody feels sorry for you'

November, 19, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins have been criticized for their unpopulated injury reports. They issued another blank report Wednesday for their game against the New England Patriots, and no injuries to list in Week 12 seems rather dubious.

The more we learn about rookie head coach Tony Sparano, however, the more we understand.

Injury reports are less a descriptive rundown of injured players than, depending on the day provided, involvement in practice or the likelihood a player will suit up.

In Sparano's world, you practice and you play through pain. If you can't go, you're headed to injured reserve.

"Nobody feels sorry for you one way or the other," Sparano said. "The Patriots don't feel sorry for us. We really don't feel sorry for them.

"So at the end of this if you are hurt and truly hurt, that is one thing. If you are bumped up, nicked up, whatever it is -- there's a pretty good chance there is a lot of people in this league that are nicked up, hurt whatever it is -- they have to play.

"So the message is simple: If you want to go to heaven you have to die to get there. If you are in some of those situations you want to get to where you're going to be, well, you got to play hurt."

Most notable on the Patriots' injury list are four players who didn't practice Wednesday: running back LaMont Jordan (calf), linebacker Adalius Thomas (forearm), linebacker Eric Alexander (hamstring) and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (sick). Defensive end Richard Seymour (toe) was limited.

The New York Jets, who will play the unbeaten Tennessee Titans, went without linebacker David Harris (groin) and safety Eric Smith (head). Receiver Laveranues Coles (thigh), linebacker Jason Trusnik (knee) and kicker Mike Nugent (thigh) were limited.

The Buffalo Bills, who will visit the Kansas City Chiefs, missed five defensive players in practice: defensive end Aaron Schobel (foot), linebacker Marcus Buggs (ankle), cornerback Jabari Greer (knee) and safeties Bryan Scott (knee) and Donte Whitner (shoulder).

Bills announce practice squad

August, 31, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have announced their practice squad players: