--Wide receiver David Nelson, a key part of the offense as the slot receiver in Buffalo's multiple three-wide sets, suffered a torn ACL against the Jets and will miss the rest of the season, Gailey announced on Monday. "It was a bad knee injury," said Gailey. It's a setback and we've got to get some other people up and going, that's just part of it."
Nelson was running a pattern on the opposite side of the field from where quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw early in the fourth quarter, and he planted to block the cornerback in front of him and crumpled to the ground. Last year Nelson made a quantum leap in his second season and was a trusted target of Fitzpatrick, catching 61 passes for 658 yards and five touchdowns.
--Running back Fred Jackson will miss perhaps as much as a month after sustaining a knee injury in the first half. C.J. Spiller will now be the starter, and he rushed for 169 yards after Jackson went down. "Fred is a huge part of what we do,"? said Fitzpatrick. "That's a big loss for us to have him out of the lineup. We'll certainly miss him, but it was nice to see C.J. pick up where he left off last season."
--Rookie wide receiver T.J. Graham, Buffalo's third-round pick, a player they traded up in that round to get, was inactive for the opener, and that created a pre-game uproar on Twitter. Fans couldn't believe that a draft pick that high wasn't active, and things got worse when the Jets' second-round rookie receiver, Stephen Hill, caught two touchdown passes in his NFL debut. Graham was supposed to be the Bills' answer to their deep threat woes because he has tremendous speed, but the simple truth is that he's coming along slower than the Bills had hoped. "He wasn't ready, and he still might not be ready, but he's going to have to up his game," coach Chan Gailey said, referring to the fact that wide receiver David Nelson is out for the season. Gailey compared Graham to C.J. Spiller, the first-round pick in 2010 who wasn't ready to play in the NFL early as a rookie. "Yeah, kind of like C.J. a couple years ago," said Gailey. "A lot of ability, but not quite ready yet. He's got some things he has to learn, so if you have the ability to not play him right off the bat then you let him learn." That luxury appears gone.
--Count defensive end Mario Williams as someone not impressed by the replacement officials. Following a game in which he did almost nothing productive, Williams took to complaining about the way the officials weren't penalizing the Jets' Austin Howard for his hands to the face tactics.
"You tell somebody from the very beginning of the game," Williams said. "And it happens. One time, that's on me. But when it's multiple times and I tell you and you honestly act like you don't even hear me throughout the whole game, I think that's a real big problem. It's not something that's really going to dictate something, but what are you going to do about it? You're getting off the ball and getting punched in the face, literally, not an accident, just about every other time. That's a penalty. Unless they changed it with the new CBA or something, but last time I checked it was a penalty."
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