LONDON --- It's been a whirlwind for the Buffalo Bills. One moment, they were beaten by the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-21. The next, they were on a plane to London. Now, they're jetlagged with a day off to relax and recuperate. So before this all began, coach Rex Ryan tried using a war analogy to set his team on the right track.
On Saturday night, he showed players a Navy SEALs video clip.
Asked about the team's myraid of injuries at Tuesday's "Play 60" event, cornerback Ron Brooks brought up the clip as something the players must think about, a way to unify through a tough period.
"We want to be like Navy SEALs," Brooks said. "We want to have each others’ backs in those hard and tough times and no matter we’re not going to stop fighting for each other. We might not have had the outcome that we wanted but that’s not going to change the outlook of who we are, what we are and what we know we’re capable of doing.
“So we just have to get over the injuries, get back healthy, come back and just get ready to play.”
The Bills wouldn't comment on who didn't make the trip overseas on Tuesday, but NFL Network reported that defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) and wide receiver Percy Harvin (knee) stayed back while wideout Sammy Watkins (ankle) did head to London and was seen in a walking boot. He'll likely need to show vast improvement through the week to play on Sunday.
Right tackle Seantrel Henderson suffered a concussion, meaning Cyrus Kouandjio gets the start if he can't suit up. And receiver/returner Marquise Goodwin (ribs) was placed on injured reserve with the team signing tackle Jordan Mills.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is hoping to go against Jacksonville.
Brooks said the clip Ryan showed the video shown to the team was taken from movie about SEALs pinned down by gunfire. One story, above all else, stood out to him.
"One of the guys said how he had fallen and broke his back and his legs," Brooks said. "He was paralyzed from the waist down and he drew a line in the sand for seven miles. When you hear something like that, we play a sport and we have full use of our bodies. So we have to give it all we have for each other every play no matter what because this man, he couldn’t use his legs but for seven miles he drew a line in the sand and got to his destination.”
This is hardly war over in London. But the Bills certainly could use a win to get their season back on track.