The Buffalo Bills hit the practice field Wednesday to start installing their game plan for this Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. With practice comes the injury report, along with who’s practiced fully, who was limited, and who didn’t practice at all.
One of the players not practicing was center Geoff Hangartner and his absence would be a huge loss for the team this Sunday.
Hangartner was a new addition this week as he suffered a ankle injury this past Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. If he were to miss this Sunday’s game guard Eric Wood would slide over to replace Hangartner and guard Cordaro Howard would replace Wood would then.
Hangartner’s absence would be big as the Packers play a 3-4 defense and has never started at center since college.
Also, missing from practice were linebacker Paul Posluszny and safety Cary Harris who both were already ruled out for Sunday. The only other two names on the injured list were linebackers Reggie Torbor and Antonio Coleman who both returned to practice fully.
In the end, hopefully Hangartner will be able to play.
Earlier this year it was thought that the Buffalo Bills would trade running back Marshawn Lynch even though general manager Buddy Nix stated that they wouldn’t. Those speculations are now running rampant again thanks to the season ending injury to Green Bay Packer running back Ryan Grant.
The Packers lost Grant for the year as he went down with a ankle injury this past Sunday. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy stated in a press conference on Monday that the injury involved some ligament damage.
According to About.com, “When an ankle sprain happens, the ligament is stretched too far, and is either partially or completely torn.”
In this instance Grant’s was a severe ankle sprain that result in tear of ligament and fractured the fibula. According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Grant’s injury is the exact same thing that happened to former Packers running back Dorsey Levens in 1998 that caused him to miss 10 weeks.
In addition to the Packers missing a running back Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodger was teammates with Lynch at Cal and according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via Pro Football Talk, Rodgers said, “Bring him on.”
According to Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports, the Bills turned down an offer of a third round pick and a player for Lynch. Bills general manager Buddy Nix isn’t stupid and knows that Lynch is worth more than that and Silver went onto mention that he would offer a second or a first round pick for Lynch, which is exactly what a desperate team will do.
With the Bills playing the Packers this week a trade for Lynch is not going to happen. If it is going to happen it will be after this week.
In the end, just because the Bills are a bad team doesn’t mean their general manager is stupid.
Well it has been a rough week last Tuesday my rear axle on my car broke so Wednesday and Thursday I was left scrambling deal with the car. On top of that I have school work to do since school started again.
Fortunately, things worked out as the car will get fixed for free as my car is a Ford Windstar and the axle is covered under the recent recall. Also, for now I have a rental free of charge due to the axle being on back order.
So, hopefully I will get back into the swing of things again.