Buffalo's secondary has been bit by the injury bug before, and prior to Sunday's game against the Jets it bit again. Cornerback Terrence McGee underwent surgery over the weekend to repair a nerve problem that had been bothering him the past couple of weeks.
"He did have a procedure and will be out a couple of weeks it looks like," said head coach Chan Gailey.
Fortunately with the bye week coming up after Buffalo's home date with Jacksonville Sunday, McGee will likely miss just this week's contest before returning to action. Still Gailey was not downplaying the loss of his starting cornerback.
"Any time you lose a quality player it hurts," Gailey said. "I don't care what position it is or where it might be. You lose a player of that caliber it takes a toll on your football team. We'll have to just rally everyone else and get everyone else in the mix for the next few games, however many we're without him and some of our other guys."
One of those other guys is Ashton Youboty, who sustained a hamstring injury in Sunday's game and did not return. Gailey is not optimistic about his chances either.
"Youboty… it'll be hard for him to be back this week," he said.
That would leave the Bills with just three healthy cornerbacks going into Sunday's game against Jacksonville. Donte Whitner figures to draw some coverage assignments in defending spread formations this week. Jairus Byrd and Cary Harris were both college cornerbacks, but have not played outside at all leading up to this season.
Gailey also confirmed that LB Arthur Moats would miss the next two to three weeks of action with an elbow injury suffered in the second half of Sunday's game.
Stroud, Davis could practiceThe news is more promising for Marcus Stroud and Andra Davis.
"I think we have a chance to get them in practice this week and then we'll evaluate toward the end of the week to see whether or not they'll be able to go," said Gailey.
Stroud fully intends to practice coming off his ankle injury suffered in Week 3 at New England.
"That's the plan," he said. "I plan to go out there and give it a whirl on Wednesday and see what happens."
Both Davis and Stroud missed Sunday's game against New York.