Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills
By Mike Rodak
MIAMI -- Observed in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 23-21 win over the Miami Dolphins:
Lawson not spotted: Linebacker Manny Lawson wasn't spotted in the locker room postgame, his travel bag already packed by the time reporters entered. Lawson left in the third quarter with a hamstring injury, which also kept him out of the second half last week against Cincinnati. The veteran has provided a leadership presence for the Bills and has contributed on defense, but his status bears watching in the coming days -- again.
Jackson aggravates previous injury: Teammates raved about Fred Jackson's toughness. The captain went down with what looked like a serious injury in the first quarter, but remained on the sideline and eventually returned to the game. Jackson said he simply aggravated his MCL sprain and it's something he'll need to "manage" going forward. The cart came onto the field for Jackson when he was on the ground, but asked about it afterward, he said he didn't know it had come out.
Monitoring the division: Shortly after they defeated a division opponent, the Bills gathered around their locker room television to watch the ending of the Jets' overtime win over the Patriots. There wasn't much of a reaction from general manager Doug Whaley or CEO Russ Brandon as Nick Folk's field goal went through the uprights, but there were smiles among some of the players watching. The Jets' and Bills' wins keep things tight in the AFC East.