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Marcus Easley suffers 'major, major' knee injury, but should be able to continue his career

Even typing the words makes you wince.

Buffalo Bills receiver Marcus Easley dislocated his left kneecap, causing the knee to break in three different places, during Sunday's 16-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

"He should be back for next season, but guys, this is a major, major injury," coach Rex Ryan said on Monday. "They say he'll be able to come back from it. It's going to take time, but he should be fine."

Easley was hurt during the second quarter while covering a punt. His left leg was immobilized as he was carted off the field, with a towel covering his head and face.

"Man, he is tough," Ryan said.

The Bills are expected to place Easley on injured reserve in the coming days, freeing up a roster spot. Buffalo closes out the regular season in Week 17 when the New York Jets visit Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Ryan is hopeful defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will be able to face the Jets, who can clinch a playoff spot with a victory. Dareus suffered a pinched nerve against the Cowboys, causing him to lose feeling in his fingers. Ryan said in the usual case of stingers, a player may experience numbness for a short amount of time, but it lasted longer with Dareus, which was "scary." Dareus was able to regain feeling, though, and told the coach he wants to play against New York.

"We're hoping to get him back," Ryan said. "He's been here."

Here's the rundown on where things stand with the rest of the Bills' injured players:

• Ryan said he does not expect Charles Clay to face the Jets because of a back injury. Clay has missed the past two games.

• Running back LeSean McCoy's status is still up in the air.

"We’ll see how that goes during the week, but if it’s going to be one of these things that’s going to limit him, then obviously we’ll err on the side of caution there," Ryan said.

• Rookie right guard John Miller (high-ankle sprain), safety Bacarri Rambo (shoulder/knee) and cornerback Ron Brooks (neck) all played through their injuries against the Cowboys.

Jonathan Meeks is expected to get the bulk of playing time at safety against the Jets in place of Rambo, whose tackling was affected by his shoulder injury.

"If you're leading with one shoulder, you're probably not going to tackle really well," Ryan said. "For some reason, it never jumped out to me at the time, but I think you can see Jonathan Meeks get a lot more opportunity this week. Bacarri, I love him. He's fighting his tail off, but there comes a thing where ... if he's going to be hampered as much as what it looked like, then I've got to go with" someone else.

If Miller can't play, veteran Kraig Urbik would start in his place.

Brooks' injury, meanwhile, leaves the Bills thin at cornerback, especially if rookie Ronald Darby is unable to play against the Jets. Darby missed Sunday's game because of a groin injury.

"Obviously this team, their main formation is four wides," Ryan said of the Jets. 'So you’d like to have at least four corners. That would be nice to have, so hope like heck Darby can play for us."

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