Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lineman Levitre has been 'Steady Eddie' for Bills


In yet another season of double-digit IR designations and job security rumors, the Buffalo Bills have at least one thing they can rely on: Andy Levitre suiting up on a Sunday.

Levitre missed practice Wednesday, though don’t expect to see him inactive this weekend in the team’s final game against the New York Jets. Levitre has made 63 consecutive starts — every game since his introduction into the league in 2009 — and at nearly every position on the offensive line.

The Bills’ line has struggled to keep starters healthy in recent years, and Levitre has stepped in time and again to smooth things out as well as possible via hard-nosed performances and reliability. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

“You don’t find, and we in particular haven’t found a lot of players that are there week in and week out the way he has been,” coach Chan Gailey told reporters Wednesday. “He has been solid Steady Eddie for us and played well. He’s been one of the pleasant things for our offense as far as consistency goes.”

It’s not like Levitre hasn’t been without any hiccups, either. Even after undergoing a “procedure” on his knee back in October during the team’s bye week, he hasn’t skipped a beat. His play has aided the offense in amassing more than 1,000 yards on the ground since has kept quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on his feet.

“He’s a guy that we lean on a lot with his leadership; I think he’s growing into that role,” Fitzpatrick told reporters. “Andy’s a guy that we depend on every Sunday and has been extremely reliable throughout his career. It’s amazing the things he’s done in terms of staying healthy, in terms of playing through stuff. He’s a really tough guy.”

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