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ORCHARD PARK, N. Joe Greene Jersey .Y. —As if a deflating
season-opening loss wasnt bad enough in putting a dent in the Buffalo Bills high
expectations. Now they have injuries to two key offensive players to contend
with. Receiver David Nelson will miss the rest of the season after tearing a
ligament in his right knee. The news is at least a little more encouraging for
running back Fred Jackson, who will miss at least four weeks after he also hurt
his right knee. Coach Chan Gailey provided the update Monday afternoon, a day
after both players were hurt in a dreadful 48-28 loss at the New York Jets. “Its
a setback,” Gailey said. “You lose experience and you lose versatility. But I
think our guys can adjust.” The injuries hit two key players on an offence thats
already off to an inconsistent start after producing four turnovers against the
Jets, including three interceptions by starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Buffalo
attempts to regroup in preparing to face the Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) in its
home opener Sunday. Nelson has been a reliable target in the slot, and finished
second on the team with 61 catches for 658 yards and five touchdowns last
season. Jackson is a respected team leader whos been a dual-threat workhorse in
rushing and receiving. Despite missing the final six games with a broken bone in
his right leg last year, Jackson still finished with 1,376 combined yards to
account for nearly a quarter of the Bills total offence. “I hate it. Its dumb to
feel like I do right now just because it couldve been a lot worse,” Jackson said
after taping an episode of his local television show at a suburban mall. “Im not
happy about it at all, but Ill deal with it.” Wearing a brace underneath his
jeans, Jackson said he was diagnosed with a sprained knee ligament. Hes aiming
to be back within four weeks, meaning Jackson could return in time for Buffalos
game at San Francisco Oct. 7. Though calling it unlikely, Jackson would prefer
to be back a week earlier, when Buffalo hosts AFC East rival New England.
Jackson was hurt early in the second quarter when he was cutting across to his
right and Jets safety LaRon Landry hit Jackson just above the left knee. Having
already planted his right foot, Jackson felt his knee pop as he went to the
ground. Jackson was able to walk off on his own and test his leg on the sideline
before heading off to the locker room with a towel draped over his head. “After
I looked at it on film, Im extremely happy with what it is instead of what it
couldve been,” he said. “Im blessed.” The injury capped a string of
what-else-can-go-wrong events that hit Buffalo. The Jets had already built a
21-0 lead by producing two scoring drives off of two Fitzpatrick interceptions,
followed by Jeremy Kerley scoring on a 68-yard punt return. C.J. Spiller will
take over for Jackson, much like he did last year after Jackson was hurt.
Spiller did a solid job of filling in against the Jets in a game he finished
with a career-best 169 yards rushing, including a 56-yard touchdown. “Its a huge
blow,” Spiller said. “But we cant sit around and mope and not regain focus. This
just means somebody on offence has got to step up.” Nelson was hurt early into
the fourth quarter when he went down away from the play. After being helped off
the field, he was spotted walking on the injured leg along the sideline. Nelsons
injury further thins the depth and experience of an already young and limping
group of receivers. Buffalo opened the season with six receivers, including
Brad Smith, who doubles as the teams wildcat quarterback. And starter Stevie
Johnson, who had four catches for 55 yards and a score against the Jets, is
hampered by a groin injury thats nagged him for much of the off-season. There
are concerns that Johnson will have to continue playing through the pain for the
rest of this year. Rookie third-round draft pick T.J. Graham will get a chance
to play after he was left inactive on Sunday. Graham is a raw, but speedy
player, whom the Bills hoped they could ease into their offence. Overall, it was
certainly not the way the Bills were anticipating to start their season in a bid
to show they were ready to be contenders. Their defence was supposed to be
improved following an off-season in which Buffalo signed defensive end
Mario Williams to a six-year $100 million contract. And there were high hopes on
offence, because the unit returned mostly intact after showing glimpses of
prominence last season. Rather than looking like the team that got off to a 5-2
start last season, the Bills instead resembled the sloppy, patchwork unit that
unraveled in finishing the season 1-8. “Theres a lot of disappointment in this
locker room as well. And the only thing you can do is correct your mistakes and
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called the Red Bulls streak of three straight 1-0 victories “surreal” after
their decision over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.CHICAGO—It didnt
matter to Robin Lopez or the rest of the Hornets that Anthony Davis was back in
New Orleans. They werent dwelling on it. Instead, they were dealing with it.
Greivis Vasquez scored 18 points and the balanced Hornets beat the Chicago Bulls
89-82 on Saturday night even though they were missing the No. 1 draft pick.
“Thats the big thing about a team game,” Lopez said. “Everybody came together
and everybody stepped it up.” Lopez and Jason Smith scored 16 apiece.
Ryan Anderson added 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Hornets hit 20 of 23 free
throws to get the win even though Davis was nursing a mild concussion. Luol Deng
had 19 points and eight rebounds for Chicago. Nate Robinson scored 15, and
Marco Belinelli added 13 against his former team, but the Bulls shot 33 per cent
in this one after hitting just under 64 per cent of their shots the previous
night in an easy win over Cleveland. It was a particularly rough night for
Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer, who shot a combined 3 for 18 and each
finished with four points after scoring 19 apiece against the Cavaliers. The
Hornets trailed by seven in the second quarter and led by 10 in the third but
had to hang on down the stretch, with Robinson making it as tough as he could on
them. He scored all but four of his points in the fourth to help keep the Bulls
in it, but they ultimately came up short. His jumper with 1:16 left made it
81-77, and Chicago had a chance to make it a one-possession game after
Taj Gibson blocked Smith. Instead, Belinelli missed a 3. Smith hit two free
throws with 53.5 seconds left. Roger Mason added two more to make it 85-77, and
the Hornets prevailed because they didnt back down without their prized rookie.
“We dont get a lot of credit or notoriety for being a physical team, but thats
something weve prided ourselves on since Ive been here, was to play a physical
style of basketball, legally,” coach Monty Williams said. “I dont think we
out-worked them, I just think the ball came our way a few times and it was just
a major battle in that paint. Anytime you play against Chicago, a team that (Tom
Thibodeau) is gonna coach, you know youre gonna play a team that is gonna hit
you right in the mouth.” He had to be feeling better after this one. Before the
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in New Orleans being examined after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from
teammate Austin Rivers in the first half of Fridays win over Utah, Williams was
unloading. He blasted the NBAs protocols for determining when a player can
return from a concussion before this game, saying, “Now, they treat everybody
like they have white gloves and pink drawers and its getting old. Its just the
way the league is now.” He had to like the way his team stepped up even though
Davis was out. “You see how guys came in with high motors, understood that this
is their time to get their minutes,” Chicagos Taj Gibson said. “This league is
all about guys stepping up. You saw Robin Lopez and Ryan Anderson, guys coming
in with a high motor, gaining confidence early and playing well.” The Bulls also
saw some missed opportunities, particularly near the rim. When they drove,
Thibodeau said he saw “a lot of flipping instead of attacking,” but it wasnt
just that. He saw players not hustling back on defence after a miss, and that
really bothered him. “The thing that bothered me was our approach to defensive
transition,” he said. “When youre not shooting well, you cant allow that to sap
your energy in terms of getting back, setting your defence.” Notes: When he was
an assistant in Boston, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau could tell big things were in
store for Doc Rivers son Austin. “In Boston, he was around a lot,” Thibodeau
said. “He had a lot of confidence and poise, very comfortable being on the floor
playing against pros even when he was in high school. Hes been around the pro
game his whole life. I think hes going to be a terrific player.” Rivers believed
Thibodeau would be a successful head coach, and in his first two years, the
Bulls captured the top seed in the Eastern Conference. “Its funny, before he
became a head coa