10-6, 2nd AFC East
Shaq Lawson - The Bills have been fortunate enough to get by without too many injuries, but Shaq Lawson is a bit of a hit on the defensive side. Lawson was drafted recently, and hasn’t quite shown the ability he had at Clemson. The injury to start the year is going to derail his chance to start getting back on track. Buffalo is lacking pass rush, and need any help they can get. Lawson’s injury isn’t too serious, but if it is a lingering one all year long there won’t be much effect for him. Look for him to return after the first few weeks.
Phillip Gaines - Phillip Gaines was carted early in the season, which leaves the Buffalo Bills severely limited. Vontae Davis reportedly retired in the middle of a game, although Davis has been checked out since coming to Buffalo. Gaines was injured quite a bit last season, and when healthy gave Buffalo a decent one-two punch with Tredavious White on the other side of him. If Gaines has a significant injury, the Bills are going to be bringing in some scrubs off the free agent market to fill in. The good news is that Gaines injury is arm related, so no ACL/MCL injuries is a plus.
LeSean McCoy - Already entering the back half of his career, LeSean McCoy has been mostly durable, but he is dealing with some rib issues. Ribs are the center of attention in football, which can make it tough to be fully healthy. With Buffalo likely not heading for a playoff spot, which is no surprise, McCoy might take some games off when he feels like it. Buffalo added Chris Ivory in the offseason, who would be in line for some more added run. Marcus Murphy is the less recognizable name who would start to get some snaps if McCoy misses any time.
Looking back through the years the Bills have had some studs, and some heartbreak losses. Injury wise Reggie Ragland was a later name that went down with a knee injury, then was sent to Kansas City. Kiko Alonso was a more recent name as well tearing his ACL while working out in Oregon, where he went to school. Neither Alonso or Ragland are with the team anymore. Fred Jackson broke a bone in his right back in 2011, which derailed the Bills season, back when they were actually good. Jackson was a multi-purpose back, and it hurt the offense big time that season. Scott Chandler was a fan favorite, but tore his ACL and it eventually led to his retirement. Chandler was a big bodied tight end who didn’t get much love outside of Buffalo, but if you follow the team, you know he brought some red zone presence. Kevin Kolb had a lot of injuries in Buffalo between slipping on a shower mat, or dealing with concussions. Kolb didn’t have much going for him in Buffalo.