The banged-up Buffalo Bills placed starting cornerback Terrence McGee on injured reserve Tuesday, amid reports that he needs surgery to repair a rotator cuff.
A person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press that McGee is tentatively scheduled to have the operation Wednesday. The Buffalo News first reported Tuesday that McGee will have surgery.
McGee's injury is the latest blow to an injury-depleted Buffalo team that's preparing for Sunday's game at Atlanta. The Bills (5-9), who will miss the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season, have 16 players on injured reserve, including seven who opened the year as starters.
McGee has been hampered by injuries all year. He played the first half of the season despite a torn ligament in his right knee, which he had repaired by surgery during the team's bye week in early November. He returned to the lineup after missing three games.
The Bills also brought back quarterback Gibran Hamdan, whom they released Nov. 19 after signing Brian Brohm off the Green Bay Packers' practice squad. Brohn likely will start Sunday, a league source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, because starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and backup Trent Edwards both sustained ankle injuries against the Patriots.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.