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Posted: Monday, 09 September 2013 11:14AM

Bills' Goodwin, Brooks out indefinitely with fractures



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- Already dangerously thin at cornerback, the Buffalo Bills may have to deal with another injury that severely hinders their depth heading into Week 2 and beyond. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters on Monday that cornerback Ron Brooks, along with rookie wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, will miss an indefinite amount of time with a fracture that requires surgery in both cases.

During the open locker room portion of Monday, Brooks was seen walking with the assistance of crutches due to a fractured right foot. He's scheduled to have his surgery this week and will miss some time on the field. Goodwin had surgery on Monday to repair his hand fracture and will also miss some time on the field.

Marrone said as of that moment, neither player would need to be placed on season-ending Injured Reserve. He did however leave some wiggle room with the short-term I-R designation, saying that he didn't think either player would need that much time without ruling it out entirely.

In Brooks' absence, that leaves the Bills with just four healthy cornerbacks heading into their Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers. The injury would leave the Bills with only Leodis McKelvin, Justin Rogers, Nickell Robey and Brandon Burton as their available options, while Stephon Gilmore continues to rehab a fractured wrist suffered during the preseason.

With the way the Patriots game shook out, undrafted free agent rookie Nickell Robey passed Brooks by as the team's nickel corner. Robey had 67 snaps on defense to the 10 of Brooks, signaling the depth chart movement. The injured corner was being attended to on the sidelines in the second half by trainers but was not taken into the locker room for further testing before the game had completed.

Goodwin was the direct backup to starter T.J. Graham at the 'X-receiver' position. With his absence, that may open room for Chris Hogan to see a small amount of time on the field. Hogan is the third-string player at that position in the receiver group.

Besides Brooks and Goodwin, the Bills had no other injuries suffered against the New England Patriots.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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