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Posted: Monday, 23 September 2013 2:54PM

Carrington done for year; Bills unsure on McKelvin for Sunday



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- After a busy morning meeting with doctors, the training staff and more, mostly positive results were yielded for the Buffalo Bills in comparison with what could have been. However, the Bills have lost one starter for the rest of the season.

Head coach Doug Marrone informed reporters on Monday afternoon that starting defensive lineman Alex Carrington suffered a torn quad tendon in the final minutes of their 27-20 loss to the New York Jets, and will not play for the rest of the season. Carrington is scheduled to have surgery on Monday, and the team announced he's been placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list.

"I feel bad. I'm not gonna lie to you. I'm not gonna sit here and say, 'Hey, next man up.' You have feelings, and that's what's difficult," Marrone said. "It hurts, because here's someone that has put a lot of work in. Here's someone that may not, from a standpoint of numbers like people looking at, but has been very, very productive for us in three games. And someone who is a very, very good football player."

Carrington had to be carted off the field late in the fourth quarter, after the final defensive snap the Bills faced to force a Jets fourth down.

"It's tough. He's a good player and he's a great man," the head coach continued. "You look at this game, and we know that injuries are a part of it, but at the same time it's hard when you see those things happen. You feel for those players."

Cornerback Leodis McKelvin also suffered an injury against New York, but Marrone could not conclude with a ruling on his availability for the team's Week Four contest against Baltimore. McKelvin injured his hamstring in the first quarter, leaving the team with Justin Rogers as their top cornerback.

"That's the one I'm not sure about," Marrone said of McKelvin's injury. "Only because it's a rest, see how you feel when you come back on Wednesday [thing]."

He'll be monitored throughout the week.

Four other Bills players were injured within the loss to the Jets, but all four should be fine for their upcoming home game against the Ravens. Running back C.J. Spiller (quad), pass rusher Mario Williams (ankle), defensive lineman Marcell Dareus (ankle) and wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring) all are likely to play according to Marrone.

Safety Jairus Byrd was questionable heading into the game but sat out due to plantar fasciitis in both feet. The head coach said they'll see how he is when they get on the practice field on Wednesday.

Kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand) and guard Doug Legursky (knee) are said to be getting closer to a potential return. Meanwhile Marrone had no updates on cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (wrist) or Ron Brooks (foot). Brooks was seen in the locker room walking around, just a week after he was spotted on crutches leading up to the Jets game.

The Bills hit the practice field on Wednesday at One Bills Drive.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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