Friday, August 30, 2013

Bills' offensive line loses a versatile piece


Injuries have been a recurring theme for the Buffalo Bills this preseason, and Thursday night’s 35-13 loss to the Detroit Lions was no exception. 

While the shots to wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Brad Smith could wind up to be minor setbacks, offensive lineman Doug Legursky may not be so lucky.

“Doug (Legursky) looks — doesn’t look good,” coach Doug Marrone told reporters after the game. “It’s a knee. I don’t know. Right now, I’m thinking, without hearing it, without it being evaluated, that it’s probably major. If that makes sense, without it officially being that.”

Not great news for the Bills’ offensive line, which has struggled to find a reliable fill-in for the departed Andy Levitre. Colin Brown has all but formally won the starting role at left guard, though Legursky has shown promise and was primed for a reserve spot on the roster given his experience and versatility. 

Legursky’s injury came in third quarter of the team’s preseason finale, when he was hit in his left leg from behind by a falling defender. With the 27-year-old’s status bleak at best, it leaves the Bills with just one healthy backup guard, former Alabama product Antoine Caldwell, and puts some added pressure on Brown to perform.

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