The Buffalo Bills have some decisions to make with several of their injured players in the coming days.
With their postseason chances hanging by a thread, the possibility exists that the team could elect to shut players like cornerback Stephon Gilmore and rookie running back Karlos Williams down for the season. Gilmore missed his first game of the season Sunday because of a shoulder injury, and coach Rex Ryan said on Monday he's doubtful of playing against Washington in Week 15.
"I think that's something, you know, with that shoulder as a dislocation, could it be a possibility? I'm not ruling it out," Ryan said of shutting down Gilmore for the season.
The outlook for Williams is less certain until the week progresses, but the Bills should get linebacker Nigel Bradham back against the Redskins.
"I feel good about Nigel," Ryan said. "I know he's desperate to play and I think that there's a real possibility he will play."
Tight end Charles Clay left Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Eagles with a back injury that puts his status for the game against Washington in jeopardy.
"I know they're looking him," Ryan said of Clay and the team's trainers. "I always tell you it's never a good thing when you don’t finish a game. So I don’t know if we've had one guy not finish a game and play the next week. I'm not saying it can’t happen, but sometimes it's not a good sign."
Right tackle Seantrel Henderson, meanwhile, had a setback in the illness he's been dealing with the past two weeks, which is why he was inactive against the Eagles.
"It is a concern," Ryan said. "The first thing you think of is the young man. So I think that's the major concern right there. The way it affects his career moving forward, we will see. I don't foresee that being a thing he can't overcome."
Jordan Mills made his second straight start Sunday in Henderson's place. He lined up next to rookie right guard John Miller, who returned from a two-game absence because of a high-ankle sprain. Miller, however, struggled mightily in his return, getting whistled for three penalties (two of which were accepted) and getting beaten several other times.
Ryan was asked if the team might go back to veteran Kraig Urbik, who started in Miller's absence.
"Well, you consider it," Ryan said. "We'll see how it goes. He's played well up until that. That's obviously his worst game ... he's played. How much of it was due to what he was going up against? I don’t know. That was probably a factor, as well."