Matt Milano’s season is over.
The second year Bills linebacker suffered a broken fibula late in the loss to the Jets Saturday. He had surgery on Monday.
“I thought he really grew this year,” Sean McDermott said. “We’ll really miss him.”
Milano is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for next season. McDermott compared it to the break suffered by Russell Bodine last week against Miami.
LeSean McCoy reportedly had an MRI on his injured hamstring. He left Sunday’s game after the first series and only had two carries.
McDermott said McCoy was day to day and the Bills will monitor his progress through the week. Chris Ivory is also day to day with a shoulder injury.
The run game has been a big issue lately, outside of Josh Allen scrambles. Since McCoy topped 100 yards for the first time all year on the road against the Jets, Bills running backs have accounted for only 184 yards in the last three games.
“It’s never one guy,” McDermott said. “It starts up front. There’s times when our backs have holes and we’re not hitting the holes and not on the right track. There’s times the receivers have to do a better job at blocking, but the run game always starts up front.”
Allen took a beating Sunday running the ball and trying to throw from the pocket. McDermott says balancing Allen’s ability to run and improvise with the need to keep him upright is going to be an ongoing conversation.
“He took some hits yesterday that he can’t take,” McDermott said. “Josh has to help himself out with being smart with the football. The alarm clock has to go off in his mind as to when to get rid fo the ball and live to fight another day.”
McDermott was also critical of the hit Harry Anderson laid on Steven Hauschka after Anderson had blocked a Bills field goal attempt late in the first half.
“There’s no place in football for it,” McDermott said succinctly. Hauschka is day to day with a hip injury. After warming up a bit before the second half started, McDermott felt Hauschka was ok to play the second half.
Special teams as a whole was an issue. Apart from the blocked field goal, the Bills also gave up two long kick returns to Andre Roberts that led to 10 Jets points.
“It’s hard to win games when you play that way,” McDermott said. “We’ve got to come out and establish a tone. That comes down to guys feeling a part of something bigger.”