Monday, December 23, 2013
Upon Further Review: Bills Week 16
By Mike Rodak
A review of four hot issues from the Buffalo Bills' 19-0 win over the Miami Dolphins:
Jackson reportedly has broken ribs: The Buffalo News reported after the game that running back Fred Jackson played through broken ribs. Jackson, 32, was probable for the game after sitting out Wednesday's practice. It's hardly the first time that he's played through injury this season, and coach Doug Marrone noted that after the game. "Early on, I think maybe some other players -- not talking about players on this team, I'm talking about other players that have had what he has -- I'm not sure they can go out and perform like that," Marrone said. "I give him a lot of credit and I admire him for that."
Robey stands out: Undrafted rookie cornerback Nickell Robey continues to be one of the top performers on the Bills' defense. On Sunday, he had two sacks, three total tackles for loss and a pass defensed. The slot cornerback is undersized but plays with great instinct, according to Marrone. "He's a very good definition of instinct," Marrone said. "When you come on here and you just have the feel for the slot, has a feel for the routes, has a feel for things going on out there and he's done a nice job." Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said that the team was shocked that Robey, who played at USC, wasn't drafted in April.
Goodwin has repeat injury: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin left in the first quarter and did not return. It was announced as a knee injury, and Marrone said it apparently has been a recurring issue for the rookie. "It was the same injury ... he's had this injury before where it kind of goes and comes and we call it a knee," Marrone said. "I don't know the extent of it, [but] obviously it's worse than it has been in the other games."
Reason for Dareus' benching: Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was benched for the first quarter after an undisclosed team rules violation. WGR 550 reported after the game that Dareus has been "habitually late" to team meetings this season.