More bad breaks for Bills' O-line: Wood, McKinney out for season

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Perry Fewell shuddered one day later when recalling how difficult it was seeing Buffalo Bills rookie guard Eric Wood writhing in pain on the field after breaking two bones in his left leg.

Forget Sunday's 18-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wood's devastating injury wasn't how Fewell wanted to remember his debut as the Bills' interim head coach.

"He was in severe pain, and it was not a pretty sight to see," Fewell said Monday, referring to an injury so gruesome that CBS elected against broadcasting more than one replay of the hit that caused it. "You never want to see that as a football coach. That's part of the game, but as a human being, you never want to see something like that happen to another person."

Wood had successful surgery immediately following the game and remained in a Jacksonville hospital overnight. Fewell said he didn't know when Wood would be discharged and allowed to travel home to Buffalo.

A first-round draft pick out of Louisville, Wood's injury is the latest blow to an injury-riddled offensive line that also lost reserve Seth McKinney, who sustained what Fewell called a season-ending knee injury against the Jaguars.

The Bills (3-7) finished the game without any reserves on the offensive line and will have to bolster their roster this week in preparing to host the Miami Dolphins (5-5) on Sunday.

Marshawn Lynch's status also is uncertain after he hurt his left shoulder, leaving the Bills with two running backs, backup Fred Jackson and fullback Corey McIntyre.

Wood, who had started all 10 games at right guard this season, was hurt while blocking on a pass play during the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Jaguars defensive tackle Montavious Stanley broke in on the left side and made a diving attempt to tackle Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick near the line of scrimmage. But Stanley got only a piece of the quarterback and then landed directly on Wood's lower leg, bending it sideways.


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CBS showed a replay once before a commercial break. Upon returning from commercials, the broadcast crew announced that no further replays would be shown because of what happened.

Wood's injury put a pall on what was an otherwise gutty performance by a Bills team coming off a tumultuous week in which coach Dick Jauron was fired and replaced by Fewell, the defensive coordinator.

With Fewell in charge, the Bills' offense finally showed a spark, with Terrell Owens enjoying a season-best 197 receiving yards and one touchdown, on a 98-yard reception that was the longest pass-play in franchise history. In the meantime, Buffalo's banged-up and porous defense -- which entered the game allowing an NFL-worst 173 rushing yards per game -- limited Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew to 66 yards, 30 below his season average.

The Bills still lost because they faded down the stretch, as they have done numerous times this season. The Jaguars overcame a 15-10 deficit when Mike Sims-Walker caught a 3-yard touchdown pass with 56 seconds remaining.

Buffalo has been outscored 109-40 in the final quarter this season, including 54-0 in its past three games.

It also didn't help that the Bills had two touchdowns nullified by penalties.

"It's the same old story," Jackson said. "We don't feel like guys are stopping us, we're stopping ourselves."

At least Jackson was encouraged in seeing the offense show signs of life.

"Yeah, it was disappointing to lose, but we feel like it was a step in the right direction," he said.

Owens' breakout game came after he managed just 366 receiving yards in his first nine outings. He helped a sputtering Buffalo offense generate 343 yards, the most since the team managed 438 during a 33-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.

Fitzpatrick finished with 297 passing yards, the most by a Bills quarterback since J.P. Losman had 340 yards during a 24-21 victory over the Houston Texans on Nov. 19, 2006.

Notes: Fewell declined to say whether Fitzpatrick would remain his starter one week after benching Trent Edwards. ... Reserve DT John McCargo was listed as day to day after hurting his calf. ... Starting DT Marcus Stroud said he's ready to return after missing Sunday's game with a sore right knee.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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