The scoreboard was bad enough, a 52-28 loss to New England, but the training room looked nearly as ugly for the Bills because they were beat, and beaten up. Five starters headed to the locker room early including two on the offensive line, left tackle Cordy Glenn and right guard Kraig Urbik, both with ankle injuries. They were the most serious as coach Chan Gailey said both would be out "a while."
Tight end Scott Chandler and wide receiver Donald Jones both suffered head injuries, but passed concussion tests and Gailey expects both to be fine. Free safety Jairus Byrd went out in the first half with a hip pointer, and his status will be evaluated later in the week leading up to the Bills' daunting test in San Francisco Sunday.
-- The Bills are far from a complete team, and one of the prime reasons for that is their linebacker corps is particularly weak. The Bills play a lot of nickel and when they do, that means 228-pound Nick Barnett (a starter who plays all downs) and 220-pound Bryan Scott (a converted safety who was a cornerback in college a decade ago) are on the field.
Tom Brady remarked that the Patriots were more than happy to run against Buffalo's "little guys" and they did so with remarkable success, gaining 247 yards. On the first five of their six consecutive touchdown drives of the second half, the Patriots were confronted with just one third down, and they scored on that one, a Brady touchdown pass to Danny Woodhead.
Barnett had 15 tackles and Scott 14, but most of those were after the Patriots backs had blown through the first level. The other two starting linebackers, Arthur Moats and Kelvin Sheppard, each had just one tackle, though they weren't on the field for about two-thirds of the snaps. Still, it was a very small effort, no pun intended.
Jackson's best play was a pretty catch on a deep ball. He was held to 29 yards while Spiller had 33. Each had a costly fumble, Spiller's at the goal line which took points off the board for the Bills, and Jackson's came in the fourth quarter and led to one of the Patriots' six second-half touchdowns.
"I felt like I could go," Spiller said. "The main thing that I said is, 'If I can be effective I'm going to get out there.' I'm not going to get out there if I felt I couldn't be effective or contribute in some type of way for our team. I felt I was good enough to do that." J
Jackson said he came out of the game without any further damage or pain.
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