Injuries on the offensive line have moved right tackle Erik Pears into a starting role by default. (Photo: Luc Leclerc — USA Today Sports)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
Much has changed since I published my mid-preseason Buffalo Bills depth chart projection. Although that was published just last Thursday, the Bills have played two games since. Last Thursday, Bills fans were full of hope and confidence for the upcoming season. The tone is different one week later: the Bills lost their last two preseason games by a combined score of 65-20, but more importantly, they lost a number of key players to injury.
Last Saturday versus the Washington Redskins, the Bills lost potential starting quarterback Kevin Kolb to a concussion and No. 1 cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a fractured wrist. The offensive line has also taken a big hit in the past week. Starting right tackle Chris Hairston was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list Monday (ending his season), and top interior line backup Doug Legursky was carted off the field Thursday night with what looked like a serious knee injury.
Those injuries are especially devastating because they hit the Bills at what may be the three weakest position groups on their roster. As a result, there are many wide-open spots on the Bills’ depth chart, which will leave the Bills with more tough-to-keep than tough-to-cut players.