ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – While injuries have ravaged the Bills offense through the first eight weeks of the season, their defense has stayed relatively healthy. At least until now.
In their final practice before Monday Night’s matchup with Seattle, defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Corbin Bryant were both non-participants, and were later listed as out on the team’s Week 9 injury report.
After returning from suspension in Week 5, Dareus sat out three more games before making his 2016 debut last weekend against New England. He claimed to be very sore as if he had just come off the street to play football after the 41-25 loss.
Those aches and pains carried over into the week of practice as Ryan revealed on Thursday that Dareus was dealing with a groin injury and wouldn’t practice. While he did practice in what Ryan called a “very limited” capacity on Friday his absence on Saturday was cogent of his eventual status.
Bryant’s injury designation was pretty eminent as well after he didn’t practice all week with a shoulder injury.
No Dareus or Bryant leaves the Bills very shorthanded at the defensive line position. That group currently consists of four players: Kyle Williams, Adolphus Washington, Leger Douzable and Jerel Worhty.
“It’s a possibility [that we make a move at d-line], but we might just go with what we have.” Ryan explained. “We’ll just have to do a good job rotating guys. We’re pretty heavy at outside linebacker, defensive end type guys. Guys that can always fill in.”
LB Lorenzo Alexander has also been taking it easy this week as he nurses a hamstring injury. The Bills list him as questionable for Monday, but Alexander has remained confident that he’ll play.
After being noticeably ineffective in Week 7 then sitting out Week 8 with a hamstring injury of his own, RB LeSean McCoy is listed as questionable as well. Ryan however, expressed optimism that Shady will play on Monday night.
“I’m confident still, that he’ll be ready to roll,” Ryan said. “It’s a big boost, obviously he’s a Pro Bowl running back. It’s nothing against the other guys we have, but this guy’s one of the best backs in the league.”
WR Brandon Tate is the only other Bill designated as out at this point, while RB Reggie Bush, TE Charles Clay, T Cordy Glenn, LB Jerry Hughes, LB Lerentee McCray and WR Robert Woods, round out the list of questionable players.
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