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Bills banged up: Mario, C.J., McKelvin among injured group

By Tim Graham

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Buffalo Bills' defense is in tatters. They're hurting on offense, too.

While surrendering 513 yards in a 27-20 loss to the New York Jets at the Meadowlands today, the Bills lost several important players to injuries.

Running back C.J. Spiller, defensive ends Mario Williams and Alex Carrington and cornerback Leodis McKelvin were sidelined with injuries and couldn't finish the game. Right guard Kraig Urbik also left with a knee injury and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus missed time with an ankle injury.

Bills coach Doug Marrone didn't have an update on Williams, who was spotted limping mightily in the corridor outside the locker room after the game. Williams didn't have crutches, but he labored to walk after getting an X-ray.

Carrington was carted off the field with a left knee injury in the fourth quarter. His leg was in an immobilizer brace, and he needed help to get dressed in the locker room.

Spiller left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. Spiller ran 10 times for 9 yards and caught one pass for 1 yard.

Already down a couple cornerbacks, the Bills' secondary was thinned out even more on the game's opening drive.

McKelvin, their top cornerback over the first two games, left the game with a hamstring injury and didn't return. McKelvin was the Bills' leader with seven pass breakups.

Bills cornerback Justin Rogers was picked on throughout the game. He was the defender on deep touchdown passes to Stephen Hill (51 yards) and Santonio Holmes (69 yards) and two long third-down conversions.

"This is one you don't want to remember at all," Rogers said. "It's just one of those days. As fast you can, move on and get it out of your memory."

Marrone conceded he feels thin in the secondary.

"I'll be looking forward to seeing what the doctors say where we're at and what's going on," Marrone said, "and seeing what we can do to better our situation back there, whether we have to maybe change some of our philosophies in what we're trying to get done."

Aaron Williams, converted from safety to cornerback in the offseason, was switched to cornerback. Jim Leonhard handled McKelvin's punt-return duties.

"We had to reach up in our bag of tricks," Rogers said of the changes. "But it didn't mess us up at all."

Williams declared himself ready to return to cornerback full-time if that's where the Bills need him. Two-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd seems closer to a return from his foot issues.

"We gave up too many balls over the top," said Leonhard, who had an interception on a Geno Smith bomb. "Any time you do that, you're going to be in for a fight.

"I don't think there's really any excuses. Guys have got to step up and make plays. As a secondary, we've got to rally around each other when we know things are a little bit crazy. We've got to play better than we did today. We'll put that square on our shoulders."


Aaron Williams | C.J. Spiller | Doug Marrone | Jim Leonhard | Kraig Urbik | Leodis McKelvin | Mario Williams
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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