The Buffalo Bills won the home opener over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by 33-20 on Sunday, but with the cost of four more injured players including right tackle Brad Butler, tight end Derek Schouman, starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin and rookie tight end Shawn Nelson.
So it was really not an easy victory. Butler hurt his right knee late in the first half when Buccaneers defensive lineman Stylez White rolled into back of his legs. He was cart off in his intact bills jersey the field and did not return. Third-year tackle Jonathan Scott then took over in Butler’s place. And Schouman and Nelson’s leaving made Derek Fine being the Bills only one tight end on the field. McKelvin was seen limping off the field after Carnell Williams scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass to cut Buffalo’s lead to 20-14 with 27 seconds left in the first half. But fortunately, the Bills finally made it to win.
According to the Bills Coach Dick Jauron, the status of the four injured players needed to be evaluated after having further tests. So it is still uncertain whether any one of the four would be able to play the Bills home game against the New Orleans Saints next weekend.