After returning to One Bills Drive over the weekend, Buffalo has just one thing on their mind, staying healthy.
A pair of Bills left their third preseason game, against the Redskins, due to torn ACL’s, one of them being back up tight end Chris Cragg.
“I mean I’m just telling you how much I thought that Gragg had really elevated his game, and it’s just unfortunate that we’re going to lose this young man cause, you know, he was doing it on special teams, he was doing it as a blocker and he was doing it as a receiver so it’s real unfortunate, you know, that that happened,” said Head Coach Rex Ryan.
Moving forward, Ryan did say the team would look outside the locker room to find help in filling Gragg’s void. He’s also not going to chance anything heading into their preseason finale at Detroit.
“I think each team’s different. They’re going to evaluate the team, do what’s best for your team, and right now I feel like we’re ready to go. We need to get our guys to the starting gate and that’s what we plan on doing,” Ryan added.
Its the tough challenge every NFL coach has during the preseason, trying to get his players ready for the regular season while not risking them to injures.
Bills cornerback Nickell Robey Coleman, who has battled an ankle and knee injuries during camp, says the objective of training camp is just to make it out in one piece, “the main goal to come back healthy. Come back healthy and be ready for the season and be ready to win. Looking at the bigger picture that is what it is all about is just being a team and come out there and giving your teammates everything they are giving you. And going out there in the game and make some plays. We all going to go out there and play a lot but if you are not healthy, you got to get healthy first that is everything.”
Buffalo and the rest of the NFL have until Tuesday to trim their roster size down from 90 to 75.