Injuries to test Bills' high-output offense

The Buffalo Bills survived a shootout against the Raiders last week, but injuries have taken their toll. The Bills' high-flying offense will have all it can handle Sunday vs New England.

 The Bills lead the NFL in scoring at 39.5 points per game but their high-flying machine will be missing at least two essential parts for Sunday's showdown with New England.

   Pending further tests, wide receiver Roscoe Parrish is a candidate to be placed on season-ending injured reserve with an ankle injury suffered in last Sunday's win over Oakland. He is definitely out for months, not weeks, and the Bills, down to four receivers, will likely require a roster move at some point this week to fill Parrish's spot.

   Meanwhile, right guard Kraig Urbik is out 2-4 weeks with a left knee injury. Urbik and Parrish were injured on the same offensive series against the Raiders. Chad Rinehart will start for Urbik against New England. With Colin Brown as the only healthy interior line backup, another roster move is pending to shore up depth.

   Parrish, an often-injured veteran who has been talking with the Bills about a contract extension, missed half of last year with a broken wrist. If he does go on IR, it would be a major blow to his career.

   "Let's see how the reports go," said coach Chan Gailey. "He's supposed to see some more people later this week and I hope that's an outside chance. But you can never say never."

   Parrish is a key part of Buffalo's multiple-receiver sets and he's the team's No. 1 punt return man. C.J. Spiller would likely take over his punt duties.

   As far as wide receiver goes, Ruvell Martin would move up the depth chart and Naaman Roosevelt is a candidate for promotion off the practice squad. The Bills are also prepared to reference their free agent list.

   "We're going to look at all the possibilities," Gailey said. "There are some good guys we know that are available and if we think we have to make a move, if it looks like it's more long term than short term with Roscoe, then we may have to make a move."

   Starting receiver Steve Johnson also is nursing a tender groin that forced him to miss playing time towards the end of the Raiders' game. He said he's fine and will play against the Patriots but he's not 100 percent.

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