Schobel out at least a week

Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel was not practicing on Monday and is expected to miss Saturday's preseason game at Pittsburgh after suffering an injury at Green Bay over the weekend. Fortunately for Schobel it has nothing to do with the Lisfranc foot injury that cost him the last 11 games of the 2008 season.

"Aaron has an elbow and it may keep him out for a little while," said head coach Dick Jauron. "We don't think it'll be a problem long, long term, but it could be a week or so, maybe more than that."

Schobel did not say at what point in the game he suffered the injury against Green Bay on Saturday, but did explain just what he's dealing with.

"I hyperextended my elbow, but I'm fine," Schobel told Buffalobills.com. "I just have to let it tighten it back up and I'll be ready to go."

Having Schobel sit for this weekend's game against Pittsburgh may not be the worst thing in the world as it will afford Buffalo's defensive staff more opportunities to watch some of the other defensive ends that are fighting for roster spots.

Ryan Denney got the first team reps at right defensive end in practice Monday in place of Schobel, but the staff wants to take long looks at Copeland Bryan, Chris Ellis and top pick Aaron Maybin, who is expected to make his preseason debut Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Provided Schobel's elbow heals up as quickly as he believes it will the veteran defensive end should be available for the preseason finale on Sept. 3, but starters rarely play much at all in the final preseason game.

"I'm going to take a week and then I should be alright," he said.

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