Gaines dislocated his elbow in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

A dislocated elbow can take several weeks to fully heal, but the team is hopeful Gaines will be able to play through the injury next week against the Vikings. With Vontae Davis retiring, Gaines figures to step into a starting role so long as he's able to play, not to mention the depleted Bills simply need able bodies at the cornerback position.

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