Bills lose another cornerback to injury


The injuries are mounting in the Bills secondary.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is out for a few more weeks after wrist surgery, safety Jairus Byrd sat out the opener with plantar fasciitis and now comes word from the team that cornerback Ron Brooks has a broken foot. He will be out indefinitely, but coach Doug Marrone said he doesn’t believe the injury will end Brooks’ season.

It’s the second straight year with the same injury for Brooks and it leaves an already thin Bills cornerback corps with even less meat on its bones for at least the rest of September. Brooks, like Gilmore, was one of the team’s top four corners and that leaves Leodis McKelvin and Justin Rogers as the only healthy bodies from that group. Brandon Burton and the well-named for the job he’s likely to do Nickell Robey round out the current depth chart.

The Bills also announced that wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will have surgery after fracturing his hand. The 2013 third-rounder had one catch on Sunday. Like Brooks, his injury isn’t thought to be the end of his season but there’s also no immediate timetable for when the Bills might get him back on the field.

10 responses to “Bills lose another cornerback to injury

  1. EJ Manuel has given them some hope but that defense let the smurfs (Edleman & Amendola) rip up the secondary for the game winning field goal…


  2. Goodwins injury doesnt really hurt the team. We are deep at WR and could do without the fumbling.

    Brooks on the other hand is the 2nd best CB on the team…and I mean that in a bad way. Brooks qualifies in the “average” category behind future all pro Gilmore. But behind him we have the 5th year, nearly cut by the last 2 regimes disappointment Mckelvin, the worst cover CB on the team in Rodgers, rookie Nickell Robey and 2 journeymen in Burton and Crezdon Butler. Half the players mentioned wouldnt be able to make another NFL squad. This is a position that has been weak for a number of years and is possibly the worst group in franchise history this season. Now we are without the first 2 of that group.

    PLEASE call some FAs. I hear Nate Clements and Drayton Florence(2 former Bills) are unemployed

  3. @ccjcsr

    Considering the TOP was nearly 2-1, I’d say it was more about our defense that held the tier-2 WO in check the rest of the game being gassed than those guys. Amendola will be out just in time for Gronk to return, I can see it now.


    I don’t agree with labeling Brooks as our #2 corner. Leodis played really well yesterday apart from that singular gaffe on the long completion. He has playmaking ability, something Brooks hasn’t shown. Same with Rodgers, he is an excellent nickel guy, but does get beat up by the larger guys who step in there. I still don’t think it will matter, our front 7 harrased Brady all day, any other QB probably won’t have the awareness to deal with that and still find his guys. Jim Leonard also has a great football head on his shoulders, and still brings intensity.This only means that the defense you saw yesterday can only get better when these guys come back.

  4. Finally a Buffalo article! Helluva job by the Buffalo DEFENSE yesterday. Holding Brady to 2 TDs and a very weak win should make everyone proud. Most people will say NE played poorly rather than crediting our D with an impressive performance. Player of the week: Da’Norris Searcy, stepping in for “he who shall remain nameless” and playing like the #1 S in the league.

    I think EJ played better than expected, CJ worse than expected. 2 TDs, one each to our #1 and #2 receivers makes everyone happy. Keeping Fred Jackson in the mix was nice, and a no sack afternoon for EJ means either NE’s D doesn’t realize Fitzpatrick is gone and they were looking for him all afternoon or we’ve got a solid O line.

    Did I mention our D?

  5. jeffreyshulenburg,

    McKelvin played very well yesterday and is starting to look like he did when he first joined the team. I’m glad Marrone decided to give him another opportunity, I think It will pay off in the end.

    Goodwin’s injury doesn’t hurt the WR core, but it does hurt the return game. Teams have to account for him on kickoffs, he is super explosive.

    I agree with most of your assessment on the rest of the cb’s except Butler. With more playing time, I believe he could eventually slide into that #2 cornerback role across Gilmore when he comes back.

    Florence and Clements: I would be very happy if the Bills brought back Drayton, but I think Clements has hit the end of the road.

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