Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bills lineman Urbik to get another crack at center


Buffalo Bills guard Kraig Urbik hasn't had the healthiest go of it in his four years in the NFL. Fellow linemate Eric Wood's luck, however, has been even worse.

Wood left Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a partially torn ACL, which he told reporters Monday could keep him out for the remainder of the season. With Wood out, Urbik will once again get the nod at center. (photo: Doug Kerr, Flickr)

“The plan today is (Kraig) Urbik at center and (David) Snow at guard like we finished the game the other day, but do not hold me to that,” Bills coach Chan Gailey said Monday. “That could change during the course of the week.”

Urbik played a number of games at center last season when Wood again went down with an injury. He was more proficient than Gailey's first choice, Buffalo's versatile lineman Andy Levitre, particularly when it came to shotgun snaps.

Urbik said back in November of last year that he was “really, really comfortable in there,” and he performed well until going down with an injury of his own in the team's Christmas Eve game against the Denver Broncos.

The Bills will need Urbik to slide seamlessly into the position once again, as the team continues to endure injuries to its offensive line. There are currently four players from Buffalo's roster on the Injured Reserve list, not to mention Urbik himself has been struggling with a knee issue.

Levitre has been a godsend in that regard for the Bills, having started every game in his tenure with the team and sometimes at multiple positions. He's also been on the team's official injury list of late but is likely to start Sunday at home against the St. Louis Rams.

St. Louis will be a staunch foe for Buffalo's line, as it is currently fourth in the league in sacks (34) behind the efforts of pass rushers Robert Quinn and Chris Long. The Rams' squad has also been proficient against the run for the most part, athough the New York Jets and New England Patriots each ran for more than 100 yards against the front in their previous matchups.

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