A bad week turned to worse, quickly, for the Buffalo Bills.
Shaq Lawson's shoulder requires surgery, meaning he might not even play his first game until mid-season. And then, The News reported that wide receiver Sammy Watkins broke his foot and needed surgery. That's injury No. 8 for the former fourth overall pick.
By the end of the week, a pinch of salt was added to the wounds. Running back Dri Archer, the speedster from Kent State Buffalo claimed off waivers, was placed on the did-not-report list. He's not even returning Rex Ryan's calls, as the Bills head coach told Sports Illustrated.
“I never even talked to the kid, so we’ll see what happens," Ryan said. "He won’t return a call. Is it him not wanting to be a Bill, or is it something else? I don’t know, but I guess there’s a reason Pittsburgh let him go (last November). But when you find something out, let us know, because I’ve never even talked to him.”
Hey, Rex, you're not alone.
Archer hasn't responded to our calls, texts or direct messages on Twitter. It sure sounds like the former third-round pick doesn't want anything to do with the Bills. Ryan certainly put him on blast to SI. Instead of joining Kolby Listenbee and Marquise Goodwin to potentially fuel the league's fastest offense, Archer isn't even talking to the team.
Elsewhere, Ryan doesn't sound concerned at all about Watkins' foot or Lawson's shoulder.
"The kid loves to work," Ryan said of Watkins. "This isn’t a china doll situation. The china doll deal is for someone else. All I know is when he’s healthy, you can’t cover him, it’s as simple as that. No cornerback in the league can cover him, and you can quote me on that, and I’ve got video proof of it. The best of the best can’t cover him.
“Has he missed a little time? Yeah. Big deal. He and everyone else. The (Odell) Beckham kid came out the same year, and he missed how many games with a hamstring issue? Believe me, I was trying to trade for him (with the Jets) when he had the hamstring. I was reading the (New York) papers, and I was like, ‘Well, hell, we’ll take him.’ But Sammy’s not even going to miss any time. He’s going to be ready to roll when it matters.”
Ryan said he and Doug Whaley "share the blame" on Lawson's shoulder but that they "stand by drafting this guy."
Lawson was brought in to spark a pass rush that produced a franchise-low 21 sacks. Ryan saw the rookie teaming up with Jerry Hughes.
"We’ll look at whoever we got there, but I know one thing," Ryan said. "We have the best group of defensive tackles who can rush the passer, in my opinion. Don’t forget, we had Kyle Williams for only five games last year. If he’s healthy, watch out. Kyle Williams is a disruptive force. Put him and Marcell Dareus together and I’ll take those two.”