AFC Injury Analysis For Week 14

<b><u> Bills</u></b><br> <b>Injury:</b> Tight End Mark Campbell (knee), Cornerback Troy Vincent (knee)<br> <b>Analysis:</b> Campbell suffered a torn right ACL during last week's game and has been lost for the season. Campbell, the starter at the position, already posted a career high in touchdowns (five).

He was expected to be replaced by rookie tight end Tim Euhus but he also suffered a knee injury in the game and is not expected to play this week. Sixth-year tight end Ryan Neufeld will start this week's game against the Browns. He only has six career catches.

Vincent hasn't played in over two months but could finally be available albeit in a reserve role. Nickel cornerback Terrence McGee has been filling in for Vincent and has played much better of late. Still, he's not anywhere near the shut down corner that Vincent is.


Injury: Defensive End Trevor Pryce (back)

Analysis: He has returned to limited drills but hasn't played since having surgery in September. The team has really missed his pass rush skills opposite fourth-year end Reggie Heyward. Thirteen-year end Marco Coleman has been starting for Pryce but he only has one sack on the season.


Injury: Running Back Lee Suggs (toe), Safety Chris Crocker (biceps), Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon (shoulder)

Analysis: Suggs hasn't practiced fully in almost a month and has been limited by a turf toe injury. The team badly misses his ability to make plays in the open field which is an element third-year back William Green doesn't possess.

Crocker was hurt last week against New England is out this week. He took over the starting free safety job from veteran safety Earl Little in late October. Little will start for Crocker in this week's game. Crocker has a little more athletic ability than the seven-year pro Little.

McCutcheon was injured against Cincinnati a few weeks ago is questionable to play. He missed last week's game and was replaced by fifth-year cornerback Lewis Sanders. While McCutcheon may be a little smaller than Sanders, he's much better in coverage and they lose a lot with McCutcheon out of the lineup.


Injury: Running Back Priest Holmes (knee)

Analysis: Holmes was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Thursday. He suffered what the team called a grade-two MCL sprain against Tampa Bay in week nine. While that type of injury is typically a 2-4 week injury, Holmes has made little progress since being injured. They do fully expect him to be ready for their spring workouts.

With Holmes out, the team will continue to get a good look at second-year back Larry Johnson who has been the subject of trade rumors for the past several months. Fourth-year back Derrick Blaylock is expected to handle a majority of the carries the rest of the season. He's on the final year of his contract so each game is very important to his future.


Injury: Tight End Dallas Clark (groin)

Analysis: He suffered a groin injury during last Wednesday's practice and has been limited ever since. Clark's not only an important part of their offense but he's an important part of their two tight end alignment. Rookie tight end Ben Hartsock would see time in mostly two tight end sets should Clark not be able to play against Houston on Sunday.


Injury: Running Back Sammy Morris (ribs), Middle Linebacker Zach Thomas (hamstring)

Analysis: Morris continues to be limited by a rib injury and is listed as doubtful to play. He took over the starting job earlier this season and played well before he got hurt in their week 11 game at Seattle. Veteran back Travis Minor has been starting for Morris but hasn't performed well over all. The team almost certainly will look for a new starting back after the season is over. However, they are low on draft picks so they may have to look at a trade or free agency to fill that void.

Thomas has been limited by a hamstring injury the last few weeks and rookie linebacker Derrick Pope has been taking his place. Pope, a seventh-round pick, has played quite well against the run. He lacks the coverage skills of Thomas, however.


Injury: Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress (hamstring)

Analysis: He was ruled out on Thursday and will miss his third straight game. Reserve receiver Antwaan Randle El will start again for Burress.

The team really misses Burress because he's essentially their lone deep threat in the passing game. It will be interesting to see how Burress's injury affects his pending free agency status.

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