The injury bug keeps on biting Buffalo Bills cornerback Terrence McGee and it seems to have carried over from the past couple of seasons.
One of the scarce downsides in yesterday’s 41-7 blowout win was McGee’s injury. He was injured on the team’s first defensive play from scrimmage in the first quarter, left the game for further evaluation and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He suffered an injury to his hamstring and the injury is significant enough where McGee is out for Sunday’s game against Oakland and will miss a few weeks.
In 2009, McGee endured a knee injury that eventually required surgery and forced McGee to miss three games. Last season a nerve problem in his back and leg forced McGee to miss five consecutive games. McGee tried to play through the problem but he was reduced to a role player at corner as the season wore on. McGee entered the abbreviated training camp healthy and stayed relatively healthy throughout the preseason.
Without McGee, the Bills are now down to just four healthy cornerbacks: Drayton Florence, Leodis McKelvin and a pair of rookies Aaron Williams and Justin Rogers. Williams saw a good chunk of playing time in Sunday’s win over Kansas City and it’s likely he’ll see a lot more playing time now that the Bills won’t have McGee’s services for a while. While the Bills have McGee, McKelvin and Williams after them it’s just rookie Justin Rogers on the team’s depth chart.
Linebacker Shawne Merriman’s condition appears much better than McGee’s status. Merriman suffered an arm injury early on in the game, left the field and headed to the locker, but later returned to the game. Merriman states he’s fine and he doesn’t expect to miss any practice time or game time.
Bills head coach Chan Gailey has said that wide receiver Marcus Easley has already been ruled out for Sunday’s home opener against Oakland with an illness. There seems to be a bit of ambiguity about what exactly the illness is, but nonetheless it appears as though Easley hasn’t gotten any better and it will keep him off the field this coming Sunday for the second straight week.