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Buffalo Bills Right Tackle Chris Hairston Out for Season

Monday, August 26th, 2013

After missing the final four games of last season due to an ankle injury, Hairston will miss the entire 2013 season due to an unspecified lower body injury. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Going into last week, there were already three major position groups of concern for the Buffalo Bills: quarterback, the offensive line and cornerback. The concerns surrounding the Bills at each of those positions have grown in the past three days.

Potential starting quarterback Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion and No. 1 cornerback Stephon Gilmore suffered a fractured wrist in the Bills’ preseason loss to the Washington Redskins on Saturday, and both are expected to miss a significant period of time. Starting right tackle Chris Hairston, however, is officially out for the season.

The Bills placed Hairston on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list Monday, which ends his season. Hairston, who started five games at right tackle and three games at left tackle last season, had not played yet this preseason due to an unspecified lower body injury. He ran into injury issues last season as well, however, missing the final four games of the season due to an ankle injury.


2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Offensive Line

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Following Andy Levitre’s departure, second-year left tackle Cordy Glenn will become a leader of the offensive line this season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Offensive line isn’t a sexy position in general, but Buffalo’s offensive line has been unheralded in recent seasons. Last season, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked the team fourth in the league in pass blocking with a +45.2 rating and first in the league in 2011 with a +66.3 rating.

Simply put, the Bills have kept their quarterback upright. In 2012, the Bills ranked 10th in the league with 30 sacks allowed and in 2011, they led the NFL with only 23 sacks allowed.

As for run blocking, the Bills didn’t do as well, according to PFF. In 2012 they ranked 21st in the league with -2.3 rating and 15th in 2011 with a -2.7 rating. Bills running backs however have had their fair share of success, so the offensive line is certainly providing C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson with their fair share of opportunities.

For the Bills line to continue being so effective in 2013, the team will have to adequately replace Andy Levitre, their best lineman over the last two seasons, at left guard. Levitre, of course, left via free agency for the Tennessee Titans.

Can the Bills replace Levitre? Will the team continue to thrive in pass protection? It will all depend on the ability of the team’s returning offensive linemen and new additions to step up.

In the following look at the Bills’ roster of offensive linemen, players are listed under their Buffalo Bills roster position. Players listed simply as “OL” can typically play multiple positions.


Grading Out Glenn v. Hairston

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

We watched both Cordy Glenn and Chris Hairston v. the Vikings, so who graded out better?

When the Bills selected OT Cordy Glenn in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft many assumed it was to take over the LT spot and become that franchise player that the Bills sorely lacked. After watching the first preseason game many fans and analysts have begun to raise questions about just how ready Glenn is to take over the LT spot. Is he the best fit or could second year OT Chris Hairston be a better fit? (more…)

Bills Camp Report – Day 13, 8/12

Monday, August 13th, 2012

LB Arthur Moats continued to be the starter at OLB over Kirk Morrison on Sunday at camp. (Photo: US Presswire)

Other than heat, the Bills haven’t had to deal with too extreme of weather conditions. Today, the second half of practice was made a lot tougher with a pretty nasty downpour that forced me and my iPad to find shelter during the last part of camp. (more…)

Camp Report – Day 12, 8/11

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Fred Jackson and the rest of RB’s saw plenty of carries on Saturday night (Photo: US Presswire)

The Buffalo Bills held the first much-needed practice following Thursday’s preseason game against the Redskins last night to another packed night crowd.

Before I dive into the happenings at camp, I want to say a quick thing about the preseason game.

A lot of people said that the Bills offense didn’t look good on Thursday against the Skins, and while that may be true, I’d like to use a different spin than “didn’t play well.” I thought the Bills offense was experimenting.

When Chan Gailey doesn’t call one run play for the first team, that to me means it’s clear they aren’t really trying to win the game. They used this as a chance to try out some new schemes and formations against an opposing defense. I believe that anyone who thinks Thursday’s offense is a reflection of what is to come this season is overreacting. The Bills offense, as we’ve seen in camp, is not perfect. But, it looks better than it did on Thursday, for sure.

To make up for the lack of run game Thursday — and possibly, as a way to up the ante from Tuesday’s “walkthrough” — the Bills’ offenses were much more on the ground than in camps past.

Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller took a bunch of carries in 11-on-11 to start that part of practice off. I don’t believe I’ve talked much about the two of them so far, but, to keep things brief, it’s exactly like you’d expect. Jackson is the 1-back, Spiller is like the 1.5-back. Spiller gets first and second team reps, sometimes he’s lined up as WR, sometimes he’s a RB while Jackson is a receiver. The Bills are clearly doing everything they can to get Spiller involved in the offense, but it’s kind of strange seeing a guy who has as much talent as Spiller to not really have a true “role” other than them needing to put him on the field. It will definitely be interesting to see how Spiller cuts in to Jackson’s carries.

The running backs underneath Jackson and Spiller are also catching my eye, most notably Tashard Choice. Choice has made some sort of play every practice I’ve been to that makes you notice him, which is pretty good for the third string running back. He has showing off a lot of quickness and has an ability to just run through and by defenders. I don’t know if this guy is going to see the field that often, or what his role will be, but I am definitely liking what I am seeing out of Tashard Choice. He is having a solid camp.

The same thing goes for Johnny White. Again, going against the third and fourth string defenses makes it hard to truly see what they can bring. But, White is another one who has made me take notice. He didn’t have any real notable runs today, but White is a guy who normally breaks out for a nice play once or twice a practice. I’d be surprised to see any of those four backs get cut.

At left tackle it was Cordy Glenn taking the first team duties, and I will say, he is definitely looking better. The Bills had referees out during team drills, and while they were calling false starts, I didn’t see any of them called on Glenn. Glenn had a penalty called on him on Thursday, so hopefully this is something is looking to work out.

Hairston took second team left tackle duties and the battle continues now that Erik Pears is back. The real story will come at today’s practice when we see who Gailey starts at left. My guess: it’ll be Glenn again. I think Gailey is going to stick with him, but that is nothing more than just me guessing.

I kept a closer eye on the offensive line last night, especially given last practice. I will pay close attention again today, too, but what I can say is that the big thing is going to be getting the penalties under control. The referees were calling false starts in the beginning of 11-on-11, but they went away as practice went on. Zebrie Sanders is a guy I’ve been asked to look at, and today, he looked good. He wasn’t one of the linemen getting called for false starts and he blocked his man during team stuff very efficiently. I hope this kind of play can continue.

The offensive line featured some team drill work from Eric Wood and it’s great to see him taking more series reps. He is the anchor of the line and we definitely need him healthy.

Feel free to send some Tweets my way during today’s practice @chrishooker9! Also keep an eye out for my first 53-man roster prediction on Monday.

There are only three Bills camp practices left.

Go Bills!

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