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Where are the Bills at with injuries?"
NewsInjury UpdatesBuffalo Bills preseason injury review: August 18New Lorenzo Alexander Jersey ,19commentsWhere are the Bills at with injuries?EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Buffalo Bills preseason injury review: August 18TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by John Lewis (concussion)Rookie UDFA Cam Lewis suffered what is now diagnosed as a concussion. This was the result of a tackle late in the second quarter where he collided with the back shoulder pad of Panthers RB Reggie Bonnafon. Video shows that Lewis hit him with the crown of his helmet on the right side before the head snapping to the left. Lewis appeared shaken up, unsteady on his feet, but able to walk off under his own power. Later, WGR’s Sal Capaccio tweeted that Lewis was being taken off the field on a cart in a neck immobilizer.This sudden change in status becomes worrisome. Lewis may have a concussion, but other issues may have arisen as the result of the hit. Players are not taken off the field in a neck immobilizer unless something serious occurs. Canadian C-Spine rules rule out certain criteria for radiography for a suspected cervical injury. These criteria are also similar in the need for immobilization. So if he matched any of these criteria, then he would have gone on for imaging. He certainly suffered a known dangerous mechanism of injury with how he was hit. The remaining criteria are speculative, but several symptoms would have warranted further evaluation:Parasthesia, which is weakness in an extremity—most likely an armMidline cervical tendernessDecreased ability to move neck 45 deg in rotation left/rightChanges in neurological findings.The neurological changes could also exist if a concussion was present. There are other symptoms on the checklist, but these are the big ones. If he had any of those symptoms, radiography would have been indicated. Besides a concussion, Lewis may have suffered a stinger which is the parasthesia or weakness down an extremity listed above. To read up on stingers or burners, check out this article. It may be old but it details with pictures exactly what Lewis may be enduring.Stingers with associated neck injuries are what ultimately ended former Bills S Aaron Williams and C Eric Wood’s careers. That previous sentence does not imply that Lewis is dealing with this or can’t come back, but further examination was necessary. He could return later this year if he is able to take part in football activities symptom free. Regrettably, he could be at a higher risk to suffer a future stinger later on.Reminder Womens Kyle Williams Jersey , this is all speculation based off the neck immobilization. He may have a concussion and nothing else. This could all be overblown and I’m dead wrong, I really hope I am, but teams are not taking players off on stretchers in neck immobilizers unless there is reason.OL Conor McDermott (concussion)McDermott is still working through a concussion sustained in the Indianapolis Colts game. His concussion appears to be mild as he was able to practice in a red jersey days after the game. Like Morse, this indicates that he may be close to returning. Last season, McDermott was too good to put on the practice squad but not good enough to play on a consistent basis. After overhauling the offensive line during the offseason, McDermott may be looking outside in if he can’t get back on the field soon.TE Jason Croom & Dawson Knox (hamstring)Both tight ends continue to work back from hamstring strains suffered early in camp. Croom appears to be nearly ready to return while Knox is still a ways off. Croom was able to take part in 1-on-1 drills without difficulty this past week. Knox was on the field warming up Friday, performing running and catching drills with a compression sleeve around his right thigh. Croom should be ready to come back this week against the Detroit Lions while Knox may be finally healthy when the Minnesota Vikings come to town in Week 4 of the preseason. Both injuries are not past normal healing times, but it is troublesome that they come at such a critical junction of preseason. OL Russell Bodine (oblique strain)Bodine suffered an oblique strain late in the opener that forced him to sit against Carolina and spend the week in a red jersey. Sitting out was the right call, but with his chances to make the roster slipping away, every rep missed is a shrinking opportunity to make the 53. Oblique strains typically don’t keep players out for long, which should afford Bodine the opportunity to play against the Lions.CB Taron Johnson (groin)Johnson sat out last week’s game as a precautionary measure following a mild groin strain. The injury itself is not unusual for his position, but is concerning as he dealt with a torn labrum in his shoulder all last season. The injuries themselves are not related, but worries that his body will not be able to withstand a full NFL season are present. He was able to play Friday, tracking down his assignments and generally moving well. He will be another player who the Bills play sparingly the next few weeks to keep him fresh.LB Corey Thompson (groin)Thompson suffered a groin injury late in the Colts opener and missed several practices. He was able to take part with limited ability this week http://www.thebillslockerroom.com/authentic-jordan-mills-jersey , but held out of Friday’s game as a precaution. I do not expect this to be a chronic issue, but bearing in mind, he is far from a roster lock. He will need a strong performance in the final weeks to warrant a roster spot.RB Senorise Perry (ankle)Perry suffered a minor ankle injury during last week’s game and missed Saturday’s practice. Speaking with Cover 1’s Greg Tompsett, he indicated that Perry was full go all week without hesitation. The special-teams ace was able to play Friday, contributing on offense with one carry for three yards with a costly fumble recovered by the Panthers. This ankle does not appear to be holding him back but rather his talent. He may still find a place on the roster, but showing the ability to carry the rock when asked will only bolster his chances.OL Ty Nsekhe (knee)The veteran lineman exited Wednesday’s practice for unknown reasons. The initial reports came out that he had a stomach bug that led to some nausea. This was the assumed reason he sat out Friday’s game. Before the game, general manager Brandon Beane went on with local media, indicating that Nsekhe tweaked his knee. He went further and stated that he would be alright next week. Knowing he is older than most of his counterparts, the decision to sit him was in his best interest. Without any context, a knee tweak could be anything, which means I can’t read into things too far. This will be another one to watch.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="lLi9E8">Despite several injuries, expected starters continue to stay healthy. I expect that Croom and Morse come back to full practice this week with Knox continuing to make progress. McGhin and Lewis’s seasons may be in jeopardy, but it’s too early to tell without further information. The remaining players are working their way back from injuries, but appear to be getting better. There are two weeks left of preseason football before cut-down day. Here’s to hoping key players continue to stay healthy. The Buffalo Bills defeated Washington on Sunday Tre'Davious White Jersey , picking up a 24-9 victory over yet another bad opponent. Buffalo’s six wins have come against teams that are a combined 9-42 on the season, so it’s understandable that many national outlets have them ranked lower than their record would suggest in the latest power rankings.The highest Buffalo is ranked this week seems to be at No. 9, where Pete Prisco of CBS Sports continues to be higher on the Bills than most. He says that the team is “clearly in the playoff race, yet you get the impression that few people believe in them.” With the Bills only two losses coming against the only two teams with a winning record on their schedule, that impression is definitely reality, as most outside of Buffalo and their fans don’t think the Bills are for real. Prisco thinks that should change, but until the Bills beat a “quality” opponent, it probably will not. Scott Bair at NBC Sports ranks Buffalo at No. 12, up two spots from their ranking last week. He quotes Bill Parcells, saying that “you are what your record says you are.” He only uses the quote in jest, however, as he follows it up with, “Except in this instance.” Safety Micah Hyde said this week that he’s “done apologizing for wins,” and this is an instance where the cumulative record of Buffalo’s opponents is impacting their ranking. Vinnie Iyer at The Sporting News gave Buffalo a one-spot boost Womens Zay Jones Jersey , as he ranked them at No. 13 this week. Iyer wrote that the Bills “did what they had to do this week” in beating Washington, and he gave the team props for making Devin Singletary the “centerpiece” of their offense. He noted that quarterback Josh Allen has played better than he did in his rookie season, albeit marginally, as he called Allen’s play “slightly raised” from his rookie season. Iyer writes that if the “surprising underdog” Bills can defeat the Cleveland Browns this week, they will likely make the playoffs in a weak AFC. Kristopher Knox at Bleacher Report has Buffalo ranked No. 12 this week. In his write-up, he gives no explanation as to why, as it focuses on the Browns, the New England Patriots (who lost for the first time this season at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens) and the Cincinnati Bengals (who have yet to win a game under new head coach Zach Taylor, and whose tenure as Bengals coach may be shorter than the administration of the U.S. President of the same name). Knox lists each team’s Super Bowl odds as of this week, and Buffalo checks in at 35-1 through nine weeks. Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune has Buffalo ranked No. 14, right behind the Philadelphia Eagles and right ahead of the Los Angeles Chargers. He writes that the Bills easily handled Washington this week, and then notes that Buffalo’s schedule has been “incredibly easy” this season. He refers to Buffalo’s upcoming schedule as “the smooth,” which includes road trips against the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins, as well as a home date with the Denver Broncos. Those teams have combined for six wins this season.Finally http://www.thebillslockerroom.com/authentic-micah-hyde-jersey , ESPN has Buffalo ranked in the same spot they were last week, holding strong at No. 13. Marcel Louis-Jacques writes that Buffalo’s “scary trend” (it’s a Halloween theme, of course) is the run defense, which has surrendered 422 interior rushing yards in the past three games. Louis-Jacques notes that it won’t be any easier for Buffalo in terms of opposing running backs, as the list of star rushers the Bills are slated to face in the next few weeks includes Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Ezekiel Elliott, Phillip Lindsay, Mark Ingram II, and James Conner, as well as duel-threat quarterback (and MVP candidate) Lamar Jackson. Buffalo needs to figure out its struggles in that department in a hurry.