The Buffalo Bills practiced Thursday morning in anticipation of their game Sunday in Houston and after the session, Chan Gailey spoke with reporters as the injury report situation starts to take shape.
It’s not overly promising.
Defensive end Mark Anderson was officially ruled out for Sunday, which is not completely unexpected. Anderson is still trying to get back from the injured knee he suffered at the end of the San Francisco game more than three weeks ago.
Perhaps more alarming is news that starting right tackle Erik Pears missed practice again and is seeing a hip specialist today. No further update was giving on his availability for Sunday but it’s been clear this season Pears has struggled and clearly regressed after a solid 2011 campaign. Previous reports from the team listed Pears with having a groin ailment. Regardless of where the injury is, it’s really slowed him down.
Chris Hairston is getting reps at right tackle and will get the start if Pears can’t go, provided rookie Cordy Glenn can return to action. Glenn has been out since injuring his ankle during the New England game but has been able to practice this week. Whoever plays the right side will have a monumental task stopping J.J. Watt, who leads the NFL with 9.5 sacks this season.
Cornerback Terrence McGee was also limited in practice. No word if Ron Brooks may be activated for this game.