It’s been a rough day for the Buffalo Bills, and it already looks like a long and challenging season is in store for the franchise that’ been absent a postseason berth since the 1998 NFL season.
At this point, the Bills have a much better shot at landing the to pick in the NFL Draft than getting into the playoffs after it was announced they’re planning to start undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel in Week 1 vs. the New England Patriots, and they’ll be without arguably their best defensive back in Stephon Gilmore for the next two months:
(Bills Head Coach Doug) Marrone gave Gilmore a six-to-eight week timetable to return and said that the team will not consider putting him on injured reserve with the designation to return. According to Marrone, the team believes Gilmore will “be back sooner than eight weeks” and they don’t want to run the risk of waiting to play Gilmore if he’s healthy before the required eight weeks on IR come to an end.
PFT is also reporting that New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Smith is out for the year with a knee injury he suffered Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star is reporting that Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki suffered a shoulder fracture in Saturday night’s preseason game, and to make matters worse, the team doesn’t know when he’l be back, or who will be his replacement. The Chiefs signed Anthony Fasano in free agency and drafted Travis Kelce, who is dealing with a bruised knee. Reid said Kelce could be back in practice this week.