There was some much needed good news for the Buffalo Bills on the injury front today, according to head coach Chan Gailey.
Gailey just met with reporters moments ago and confirmed that defensive end Mario Williams did have a surgical procedure today to relieve discomfort in his left wrist. However, Gailey said that Williams is not expected to be able to return to practice next week and will be able to play when the Bills come off their bye next Sunday against the Houston Texans.
It was first reported by Tim Graham of the Buffalo News last night that Williams was contemplating surgery. Obviously that sent fans into a panicked worry that the result would keep him out several weeks—if not the entire season. Clearly that won’t be the case and Williams should be back next week to face his former team.
There’s more positive developments on the health of Buffalo players. Defensive end Mark Anderson (knee) and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle) could both also be back for the Houston game. Anderson has missed the last two games after hurting his knee near the end of a 45-3 blowout loss in San Francisco. Glenn has missed three games following the ankle injury in the New England loss.
The Bills practiced today, their long practice during the bye week and among the participants were starting right guard Kraig Urbik, who injured his ankle in the New England game. His return is important especially after Chad Reinhart’s leg injury last week that could soon land him on Injured Reserve.
Six players missed practice today; Williams, Anderson, Glenn, Reinhart, Terrence McGee and Andy Levitre. Gailey revealed that Levitre was having a procedure done today but would be back at practice next week.
The Bills are now off for four straight days.