The Buffalo Bills were relying heavily upon a healthy Stephon Gilmore to be their No. 1 cornerback this season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The Buffalo Bills had a rough weekend. They lost to the Washington Redskins by a score of 30-7 in their third preseason game Saturday. The result of that game ultimately does not matter, but the disappointing play on both sides of the ball for the Bills was concerning. More concerning going forward, however, are the injuries that the Bills suffered Saturday.
The concussion suffered by Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb is troubling, as it leaves the Bills with their top two quarterbacks injured and potentially in a position to start undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel as their starter on Week 1 of the regular season. An injury on the other side of the ball, however, could present even more trouble for the Bills. The Bills confirmed Monday that the team’s clear-cut No. 1 cornerback, Stephon Gilmore, is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist.
Of all the players the Bills could not afford to lose for an extended period of time, Gilmore was near the top of the list. There were already concerns about whether Leodis McKelvin is good enough to handle the No. 2 cornerback job, let alone the No. 1 cornerback role that he will now assume in Gilmore’s absence. Behind McKelvin, the Bills have no established cornerbacks who have proven themselves of taking on a starting role.