Losing your prized cornerback for potentially half the season is one thing. Losing him because of a collision with his own teammate? That's like twisting the knife once it's in your side.
Buffalo fans are feeling a bit of that pain Wednesday, as Stephon Gilmore provided some details about his broken wrist.
"Actually it was friendly fire," Gilmore told reporters. "Aaron (Williams) was coming in for a tackle and I was going in for a tackle and he hit my hand. It is part of the game, it happened and I had to get surgery. I’m getting better and better every day."
The hit occurred during the team's third preseason game against the Redskins, and the team isn't expecting Gilmore back to full strength until Week 6 at the earliest. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported that the 22-year-old was present at practice Wednesday but didn't participate, opting instead to do some bike work and stretching.
Gilmore said the hand is definitely improved since the incident, though his range of motion at the moment is pretty much nonexistent.
"It feels better," he said. "I’ve got pins in it, so it’s kind of still, but I feel better than when I first had the surgery."
In the meantime, Buffalo has moved rookie Johhnny Adams into the active roster, as second-year corner Ron Brooks is also down with an injury, his occurring against the Patriots. Brooks fractured his foot and is reportedly out indefinitely. Adams, a former Spartan out of Michigan State, came over from Indianapolis following final cuts before the start of the season.