Bills riddled with plethora of procedures to starters
by Joe Buscaglia,posted May 28 2014 3:34PM
Entering a critical season in 2014, the Buffalo Bills started off their on-field preparations during Organized Team Activities without the full complement of starters available. That's because nine different players -- eight of which that were regular contributors in 2013 -- could not take part in 11-on-11 drills because of offseason surgeries.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Bills were without wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle), tight end Scott Chandler (knee), wide receiver T.J. Graham (hip) and wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee). All four had surgeries on their particular ailments.
On defense, Buffalo didn't have defensive end Mario Williams (hip), linebacker Kiko Alonso (hip), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (hip), cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hip), safety Aaron Williams (shoulder) and defensive end Jerry Hughes (undisclosed) during team drills. All of those players, with the exception of Hughes, were said to have had offseason surgery as well.
According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, Alonso had surgery to repair a torn labrum which typically takes around four-to-six months to rehab. The linebacker told reporters after practice that he had the operation in January.
The Bills also had two other players that were injured during the practice. Head coach Doug Marrone revealed both cornerback Ron Brooks and running back Ronnie Wingo had to be looked at during practice with undisclosed injuries of their own.
The Bills resume with their second day of OTAs on Thursday morning.