Buffalo Bills Season Injury Review- OT

Assessing the tackle position and injuries sustained this season.

Today’s post will finish up the offensive side of the ball and the offensive line by reviewing the offensive tackle position. This was a position that was beset by injury and will most likely be overhauled for next season. 3 out of the 5 players at the position dealt with some type of significant medical issues which limited their abilities and will force the front office to make some changes. There were a total of 5 players that suited up for the Bills at the tackle position.

Starting off is T Cordy Glenn who made himself at home on the injury report with foot/ankle issues. He was shut down for the season after Week 9. A detailed analysis of my thoughts on his injuries can be found here. The extended time off with surgery may finally allow him to get healthy. Thankfully, the Bills do not have to worry about his health going forward as they have recently moved him and the 21st pick to Cincinnati for the 12th pick. They also reportedly swapped 5th and 6th rd picks during this trade. This is a fantastic trade that allows the Bills to move questionable pieces and obtain the draft capital to get the quarterback and other impact players they need to build for the future!

T Dion Dawkins came in as a rookie 2nd round pick and exceeded expectations filling in for Cordy Glenn, appearing to demonstrate the long term ability to protect the quarterback and make Glenn expendable if the price is right. Dawkins saw no time on the injury report and was able to stay quite healthy this season. He will be a mainstay on the line for years as long as he performs how he did this year.

4th year pro Seantrel Henderson saw minimal time on the field and minimal time on the the injury report. Henderson was on the injury report twice with back pain causing him to miss the Indianapolis Colts game late in the season. He only saw time in 8 games with very little time on the field. With his previously mentioned back complaints this season along with his use of marijuana for his Chron’s disease make him an easy decision to not bring back. As he is a UFA, the Bills elected not to offer him a new contract and Henderson has since left, signing a one year prove it deal with the Houston Texans for hopefully a fresh start.

T Connor McDermott stayed on the roster this season despite seeing action in only 3 games with most of his play involving special teams. In addition to minimal time, McDermott suffered a chest injury during practice which forced him to miss the first Patriots game. As he is a minimal cost to the team and has some value on special teams, expect him to return next year as a depth player with the ability to grow as he is only a rookie.

The last tackle that suited up for the Bills this season is T Jordan Mills. The 5th year pro saw significant action in every game this season at the right tackle position due to T Dion Dawkins moving to the left side to fill in for Glenn. While Mills play was suspect at times, he was still durable at the position, only suffering an ankle injury in the regular season finale which did not cause him to miss the Jaguars game. Looking at the salary cap, Mills comes pretty cheap for $1.5 million and with one year left on his contract, is more beneficial to keep than to cut loose.

Expect many changes following this season. The Bills have T De’Ondre Wesley and T Josh James on futures contracts who may factor in next season with the expected turnover. Add in the recent signing of T Mitchell Newhouse and the Bills have some options at this position. This wraps up the 2017 Buffalo Bills offense injury review. Continue to check back for the defensive injury review and many other articles both with Banged Up Bills. As always, thank you for reading and GO BILLS!!

Speculating Cordy Glenn’s Injuries

Analyzing possible injuries for Cordy Glenn following his injury plagued 2017 season and expectations for 2018.

As the Bills continue to make moves this off-season, several player’s futures are in question whether to keep them around for next season. Several of these players have contract issues that may not be team friendly, others are based on long term health. Not surprisingly on Banged Up Bills, discussions will be had regarding long term health. Today’s post will assess Cordy Glenn’s future in Buffalo.

Cordy Glenn’s health has been in question for the past two seasons after having a solid start to his career, missing minimal time in his first 4 seasons. This caused GM Doug Whaley’s regime to reward his play with a contract extension that is not team friendly now that he has been injured. Prior to these most recent complaints, Glenn had only missed 2 games his rookie season due to an ankle injury, missing 2 out of the next 3 games and then returning to play without difficulty after Week 8.

Glenn was a mainstay at the left tackle position for the next several years, only appearing sporadically on the injury report for various issues such as illness and back pain. He did reappear during the 2015 season during Week 5-6 with an ankle injury which did not cause him to miss time. Everything began going downhill for Glenn in the 2016 preseason when he suffered a high ankle sprain during a scrimmage in early August.

Since then, Glenn has been dealing with primarily ankle complaints in addition to foot complaints which placed him on IR this season. Unfortunately, the team was and still is tight lipped on the specific injuries Glenn sustained. Without direct knowledge, I can only speculate on the complaints he has based on photos, procedures, and reading between the lines.

I had previously stated that I believed Glenn was dealing with chronic ankle instability, similar to what RB Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars was dealing with. With instability to the area, surrounding structures bears the extra forces which could lead to further injury. This is evident with his game log presentation; missing several games and then returning while spending time on the injury report before finally shutting it down for the season.

Unfortunately for Glenn, it appeared that his ankle never fully recovered and he began dealing with what was described as “foot soreness” which required an injection to the area to manage pain. He was able to play off and on through the season before being shut down in Week 9. It was reported that he had surgery on this same foot by Dr. Robert Anderson who performed the original injection early in preseason.

As he has dealt with so much already, it is difficult to determine outcomes. He has ankle issues which may have exasperated a foot injury which when combined, makes looking outside in nearly impossible. From my perspective, the foot appears to be the more acute issue and by fixing that, should allow the ankle to heal properly. The foot injury in question appears to be a Lisfranc sprain based on information available. If he is truly dealing with ankle instability, there are surgeries to correct this, but he may just need additional time to rest. In today’s NFL, these players are training year round and are not afforded the ability to sit and rest for extended periods of time due to maintaining a certain level of fitness along with always preparing for the season.

Conversely, while conservative treatment is preferred when managing most injuries as surgery is not always the ideal option, conservative treatment may still not correct the issue if it is a structural issue. Case in point, ACL injuries. Ryan Tannehill is an excellent example of this. He partially tore his ACL at the end of last season, performed conservative therapy and was cleared to play. He then re-injured the same leg and was forced to have subsequent surgery.

Glenn’s most likely surgery scenario is for a foot reconstruction involving the midfoot. This would entail identifying the area that is unstable and placing screws in to promote proper alignment and healing to the area. Research has found that while screws are beneficial to assist in healing, keeping them in for too long may lead to loosening of the hardware and breaking. In some instances, removal of hardware is performed to facilitate full return to health. The procedure and rehab protocol can be found here. Return to full function may vary but conservative protocols list the time to recover up to 6 months. During the final phase of rehab, strengthening and activities that promote return to function are vital ensure a successful outcome.

Based on the timeline that we know about Glenn, he suffered the ankle sprain which appears to have become chronic. This may have led to midfoot discomfort/Lisfranc sprain which necessitated a surgical approach. It is possible that Glenn will be healthy to return for OTA’s if he had surgery in December as stated, however, he may be held out as a precaution as that time will be coinciding with his rehab protocol.

The outcome of this surgery will dictate his value for this team. The fact that Glenn was nearly traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a 6th round draft pick during the season indicates several things. This indicates that the injury is manageable and can be corrected. This also indicates that there is possibility that he can return to full health in the future. Based on this knowledge and the scarcity of effective tackles in the NFL, I envision a scenario that involves the Bills keeping Glenn on this roster and reworking his contract to a more team friendly deal.

The other scenario that is possible is that they move him for pieces that they need and stay with Dion Dawkins. While this may be beneficial for the future, the team is moving a proven player who when healthy, is quite effective. I enjoy the idea that Glenn gets healthy, stays at left tackle, Dawkins moves to right tackle, and build depth as the O line in general is aging.

I do not expect any additional news to come out about his injury besides general news stating surgery has been successful. I anticipate that his ankle issues may resolve as he will be non-weightbearing for an extended time allowing the surrounding ligaments to heal properly. Glenn can be expected to return to full health and will only be moved from the Bills if the offer is too good to pass up.

Continue to check back with me at Banged Up Bills for the latest updates and injury analysis. Thank you for reading and GO BILLS!!

Buffalo Bills Injury Updates- Patriots

Updating the Bills injury report following many changes & clearing up the confusion.

The Buffalo Bills are making their injury report confusing with their upcoming match up against the Patriots Sunday. Is Sean McDermott and brass take a page from Bill Belichick’s book, making the injury report vague and convoluted to attempt to gain and edge over game planning for certain players? I believe this to be the case. It is also possible that the Bills are dinged up and this week’s injury report reflects that? Quite possibly too. Last game against the Chiefs saw no major injuries occur which bodes well for starting personnel to play.

Today’s post will update my last article as there has been so many changes since Sunday. Starting off with those ruled out are WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), OT Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle), G John Miller, RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring). No change here; Benjamin is able to perform some light drills as mentioned in the video last article, but he still has a ways before he’s realistically going to be able to return. Earliest is next week against the Colts, but I expect possibly against the Dolphins or 2nd Patriots game.

Glenn continues to deal with his issues and should only be brought back if the team is still in playoff contention. Tolbert’s injury appears to be more severe than I originally thought as this will be his 3rd game he misses. He may be able to return next week, but time will tell. I still believe it is a Grade 1 hamstring that just requires a longer rehab than most.

Questionable’s include: TE Charles Clay (knee), FB Patrick DiMarco (ankle), OT Seantrel Henderson (illness), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), OT Connor McDermott (chest), TE Nick O’Leary (back), and DE Eddie Yarbrough (chest). The interesting ones of this group are DiMarco and McDermott. After reviewing All 22 footage, there did not appear to be any instance where DiMarco had to leave due to injury. He was listed as a full participant Wednesday, did not practice Thursday, and was limited Friday. He could be an ankle sprain that is minor that the team does not want to aggravate. While I am not privy to when the Bills have padded practices, he may have been sat out to avoid full contact practices. As for McDermott, he has not appeared in a game this season so his injury remains irrelevant besides losing a depth player.

Henderson is questionable with illness; to note OT Dion Dawkins had an illness earlier, it is flu season, and that group is together a lot more than the full team practices. Others to note are Clay and Matthews with knee injuries. I believe these two will continue to be mainstays on the injury report for the rest of the season but should not affect their level of play. They have high impact positions and need continued maintenance rehab to ensure they do not suffer a decline in health or production.

O’Leary and Yarbrough remain questionable with their respective injuries, but video review showed that while they did have to leave late in the game, there wasn’t any specific play or instance where there was an observable injury. Out of the questionable players, I expect everyone to play with the exception of McDermott and possibly Henderson. There are always surprises on game day, but my goal in my articles is to better educate my fellow Bills fans.

Finally, RB LeSean McCoy made an appearance on the injury report briefly this week. He was not on the report Wednesday, was a full participant Thursday, did not practice Friday, yet is not listed on the injury report as a game time decision. Going back through the All 22 footage, McCoy was able to play the entire game and showed no limitations with his ability to move. He may have general knee soreness, but it is unknown. It is hard to diagnose an injury or limitations without seeing what happened. As mentioned above, I expect McCoy to play and not miss a step, only making the Patriots defense miss theirs.

I expect New Era to be rocking allowing the Buffalo D to step up and provide pressure all day. The Bills are 4-1 at home, hopefully they will go 5-1 under the right circumstances. I expect a close game and ideally a Bills win!

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Week 12 Injury Breakdown- Chiefs

Assessing the latest Buffalo Bills injuries prior to their Week 12 match up against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Another day down, another injury report released! November has not been a great month for the Buffalo Bills. Three straight losses have brought the Bills back down to earth and exposed flaws once thought hidden by the defense. Sunday’s upcoming game against the Chiefs doesn’t make anything easier especially with their recent signing of CB Darrelle Revis. However, the Bills continue to avoid major injury and key players have better injury outlooks than initially thought.

First up on the injury report with did not practice is WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), OT Dion Dawkins (illness), OT Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle), and G John Miller (ankle). Out of these players, Dawkins is not of concern as he may have the flu. He may be limited but could still play if needed. Glenn continues to deal with his chronic issue and there is no timeline of whether he will be able to play. Miller continues to be hampered with an ankle injury, but as he has not been activated for most of this season; he continues to be a non-factor.

Benjamin is considered “day-to-day” according to McDermott in today’s press conference. As expected, McDermott gives little information other than what is required. Due to the impact during the injury, he may have a bone bruise or a mild sprain. An MRI would demonstrate no significant damage but would still show Grade 1 sprains which are relatively inconsequential. Based on the hit he sustained Sunday, I am still fairly confident that he will be at best questionable for Sunday and learning towards missing the next game.

Those limited in practice were TE Charles Clay (knee), K Stephen Hauschka (right hip), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), WR Deonte Thompson (ankle), and RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring). Clay is still dealing with his original knee injury from October and if he wasn’t pressed to help the offense, probably would have benefited from the extra time to recover as I originally stated. I suspect he is still dealing with some swelling and pain due to the high demands of the position. His play supported the decision to return but he may still not be at 100%. He did have an impact being out on the field Sunday and was a vital cog despite the low offensive output.

Hauschka is still dealing with his right hip injury which is described as soreness. It appeared he was able to perform all his kicking duties without compensation and this should not change Sunday’s outlook. It is unknown what Matthews is dealing with in his knee, but as he missed last game and was limited after today’s practice, this is a positive sign. It was mentioned in the past he has dealt with tendonitis which is still a possibility, but may have also been a mild knee sprain. Having Matthews back in the lineup if Benjamin is unable to suit up with gives QB Tyrod Taylor another weapon he is more comfortable with.

Thompson is limited with an ankle that was rolled up on attempting to catch a pass and was able to limp off. I anticipate that he will play Sunday with a heavily taped ankle and some good painkillers. Tolbert continues to be hampered by a hamstring injury sustained in the Saints game. However, with the performance of RB Tarvaris Cadet backing up RB LeSean McCoy, this may allow Tolbert to rest another week to ensure a full recovery.

Finally, those dealing with injury but able to practice in full include WR Andre Holmes (ankle) and S Micah Hyde (knee). This is promising as there was concern that Hyde would be limited following injury his knee during a tackle late in the game. Practicing in full indicates that these injuries are not worrisome and should not affect performance for Sunday.

One interesting note, typically Wednesday’s are reserved for veteran rest days and there were none listed. It may be possible that the veteran’s didn’t require a rest day or that McDermott wants to push these guys extra to shore up the weaknesses seen over the past several weeks. Either way, none of the injuries are severe, none are key losses which includes Benjamin as Tyrod has not built up the consistency that he has with his other receivers.

If this team has a playoff push in them, they have to win this next game in the always hostile Arrowhead Stadium and continue to stay relatively healthy. This roster is not snake bitten and if some of the flaws can be reduced, this team can play at a higher level than what we have seen. As Bills fans know, we continue to remain eternally optimistic and frequently let down. Things will change though; probably not this season, but this mediocrity has to end at some point.

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