Karlos Williams injury thins Bills RB depth

The Buffalo Bills have taken quite a few hits at the running back position as of late.

The Buffalo Bills haven’t had the best of luck this offseason with their running backs.

First, the team lost Boobie Dixon to a calf injury in early August. He’s expected to return towards the end of the month or in early September.

Veteran Fred Jackson was the next running back to get hit by the injury bug. Jackson went down with a hamstring injury that was expected to keep him out for a few weeks of action.

Now, rookie running back Karlos Williams is out for an extended period of time with an undisclosed and serious ailment. Reports have surfaced that Williams has had surgery and that it will keep him out of action for multiple weeks. Williams has already made a tremendous impression on Bills fans and Buffalo’s coaching staff alike. His roster spot is safe and his main priority should be getting back to 100 percent.

The three injuries have left Buffalo’s depth chart thin. LeSean McCoy, the workhorse of the group, has dealt with a toe issue and the Bills won’t overplay him in the preseason. Bryce Brown should benefit from the extra carries as he tries to land a spot with the Bills, but he’s dealing with a minor hamstring injury. Behind Brown, the Bills have Marcus Thigpen and undrafted free agent rookies Bronson Hill and Ricky Seale. Thigpen started his professional career as a running back but he changed to wide receiver in 2014. The injuries have increased Thigpen’s chances of winning a roster spot due to his versatility. Unlike Thigpen, Hill and Seale don’t have any chance of making the team’s 53-man roster, but they are getting an opportunity to showcase their skills over the next few weeks.

When healthy, Buffalo has one of the best running back units in the NFL. Unfortunately, healthy is the last word people would use to describe the position right now.  

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