Everything went wrong for the Bills in Week One, and now they’ll be without one of their top receivers the rest of the season.
Slot WR David Nelson tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the 2012 season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported. Chan Gailey told reporters after the game that Nelson’s injury looked worse than that of RB Fred Jackson, who also suffered a knee injury.
Nelson had two catches for 31 yards and started in Sunday’s loss. Last year, he was the team’s second-leading receiver, finishing with 61 catches for 658 yards and five touchdowns.
The way we see it
This is a big loss for a Bills offense that already will be without Jackson for a few games. Nelson’s size (6-foot-5) made him a tough matchup out of the slot and he had a good rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Brad Smith could get looks at wideout or Donald Jones, who played well on Sunday, would move into the slot and rookie T.J. Graham could start on the outside. Look for the Bills to add a wideout, or they could promote Marcus Easley from the practice squad.