The Buffalo Bills held a press conference yesterday ay One Bills Drive to announce the signing or free agent defensive end Mark Anderson. Anderson’s addition is nice, however injuries are still going to be the thing that makes or breaks their season.
The Bills at the beginning of last year showed that they have a talented team with an explosive offense. That is until injuries started to ravage the Bills and opponents figured out that you could pass all day long on them.
Now, teams won’t have the luxury of being able to pass all day long. If anything teams at first are going to run the football more. That will change later in the season if history keeps repeating itself.
The fact of the matter is the Bills have placed 15 players on injured reserve each of the last three years. Also, two of those years the number of players placed on injured reserve was over 20.
It doesn’t matter how talented your team is; if your starters keep on getting hurt for the year your going to wind up in the basement of the NFL.
There might be a little bit of relief for the Bills this year. According to reports, the National Football League Competition Committee is recommending a rule change to injured reserve. That being one player hurt early in the preseason or regular season can come off injured reserve in week six and be activated by week eight.
That is some good news as there is always a case of a player breaking an arm or leg and missing the season, even though they were all healed by mid-season.
In the end, if the Bills want to make the playoffs they need to find a way to minimize the number of players that get hurt each year.