Sunday, September 22, 2013
Injuries have Bills' secondary reeling
By Mike Rodak
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Buffalo Bills can't catch a break in their defensive backfield.
Their secondary, already without Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, lost cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a hamstring injury on Sunday.
The New York Jets, who defeated the Bills 27-20, targeted the Bills' defensive backs all game long, connecting twice on long touchdowns.
"They're lining up, they're taking shots," head coach Doug Marrone admitted. "Everyone's going after our secondary."
The Bills have started Justin Rogers, a seventh-round pick in 2011, in place of Gilmore, who suffered a fractured wrist in the preseason and is still likely a few weeks away from returning.
Rogers was beaten twice on touchdowns Sunday evening, once by Stephen Hill (51 yards) and once by Santonio Holmes (69 yards). Hill also got the better of Rogers on a 45-yard catch on the game's first drive, setting up a Jets touchdown.
"It's real frustrating. I'm as competitive about it as anyone," Rogers said. "My teammates just telling me to move on. It's just one of those days."
McKelvin's injury forced safety Aaron Williams to move to cornerback for the remainder of the game. The former second-round pick played his first two seasons at that position before switching to safety this offseason.
"First couple snaps, I had to get my rhythm back. There was a couple plays where Holmes get lucky and caught a few balls on me," Williams said.
The severity of McKelvin's injury is unclear, but Williams seems eager to stay at cornerback if the Bills decide to keep him there.
"I mean, I got drafted as a corner. I haven't lost a step at all," he said. "If they need me to be a corner, I'll prepare myself to play corner."