Buffalo's defensive front will be short a few bodies Sunday against the Eagles. Starting outside linebacker Chris Kelsay and rotational nose tackle Torell Troup were both declared out for Sunday's game by head coach Chan Gailey.
"Troup is not going to make this one," said Gailey. "Kelsay after they evaluated him last night isn't going to make it either. He's out for a little while."
Kelsay suffered a calf injury on the second to last play of practice on Thursday. He was carted to the locker room from the stadium field right at the end of practice.
It'll be the first start that Kelsay has missed due to injury since Dec. 9, 2007, a span of 55 regular season games. Gailey said Kelsay will be out of the lineup beyond just this week.
Replacing Kelsay in the lineup will be handled by a group of players.
"There's going to be a rotation in there," said Gailey. "The first one out of the bag I think will be Batten, but it depends on which personnel group is in there. It depends on who they play."
Spencer Johnson and Arthur Moats are also expected to be part of the rotation at Kelsay's linebacker position.
Meanwhile Troup's lower back problem resurfaced this week keeping him out of practice Thursday and Friday. He'll miss his fourth game in five weeks.
Troup worked extremely hard in the offseason to improve his core strength to reduce the problems his lower back had caused him in the past. But the ailment has been persistent to the point of becoming chronic.
Demetrius Bell, Chris White and Aaron Williams are also out for Sunday's game.
McGee probableOn the positive side of the injury report veteran cornerback Terrence McGee had a solid week of practice, participating fully all week. Having been out of action a month it's still a bit uncertain as to whether the team will re-insert him into the starting lineup.
Being listed as probable it's considered likely that he dresses for the game and plays a subpackage role Sunday.