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And they'll be facing the defensively stout 49ers without two starting offensive linemen after left tackle Cordy Glenn and right guard Kraig Urbik both hurt their right ankles against New England. Gailey expects both to miss this week's game, and isn't sure whether either will be ready to play the following weekend at Arizona.
Urbik wore a protective boot on his right foot on Monday and said he's been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain.
The troubles are piling up for a team that entered the season with high expectations in believing the pieces were in place to contend for a playoff spot and end a 12-season postseason drought.
The optimism came after Buffalo committed more than $120 million in salary to shore up its porous defense by signing Mario Williams and Mark Anderson in free agency. And there was hope the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense would find consistency in building on last season, when Buffalo finished 14th in the NFL in yards gained — the unit's highest ranking since 2002.
So far, not so good.
The Bills have failed contend against their own AFC East rivals in losing to New England three weeks after opening the season with a 48-28 loss at the New York Jets.
The loss to the Patriots particularly stings, because of how poorly the Bills played immediately after taking a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter on Fitzpatrick's 68-yard touchdown pass to Donald Jones.
The Patriots responded by scoring on each of their final seven possessions, capped by Stephen Gostkowski's 30-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining.
"It's one that will hang with us," Fitzpatrick said. "You try to block it out with Chan's 24-hour rule and all that, and you hope it doesn't linger into the next game."