The Bills' defense will be without at least two starters, and possibly a third, on Sunday against the New York Jets.
Bills coach Chan Gailey declared defensive end Marcus Stroud out with a left ankle injury and a shoulder ailment will sideline inside linebacker Andra Davis. Both players were hurt in last Sunday's loss at New England and haven't practiced this week.
Cornerback Terrence McGee was added to the injury report after not practicing Thursday. Gailey said McGee has some residual soreness from offseason knee surgery. Gailey is holding out hope McGee will be able to play on Sunday.
"We’ll see if he can make it [to Friday's practice] and we’ll see where we are then,” Gailey said.
Losing Stroud and Davis would be a blow to a defense about to face one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL. The Jets gashed the Bills for 567 yards in two games last season. Spencer Johnson is expected to get the start in Stroud's spot, while Davis will be replaced by Akin Ayodele. Stroud's absence also opens the door for rookie defensive Alex Carrington to be active for the first time. The Bills drafted him in the third round.
McGee's potential absence would be minimized by the fact cornerback is one of the Bills' deepest positions. Look for Leodis McKelvin to start opposite Drayton Florence if McGee can't go, with Reggie Corner taking McKelvin's spot in the nickel defense.
There was some good news on the injury front. Inside linebacker Paul Posluszny (knee) practiced fully and is ready to return to the starting lineup after missing two games. He'll fill Davis' role as the defensive play caller. Also tight end Jonathan Stupar (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, but Gailey said Stupar looked good. It looks like Stupar will be ready for Sunday.
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