Bills lose WR Parrish, LB Davis to injuries

Not only have the Buffalo Bills been losing games, they just

lost two significant players to injuries.

Starting receiver Roscoe Parrish won’t play again this season

after sustaining a right wrist injury in Buffalo’s 22-19 loss to

the Chicago Bears in Toronto on Sunday, and starting inside

linebacker Andra Davis is done for the year because of a nagging

shoulder injury that he originally sustained in the season-opening

loss to Miami.

Parrish, who finished with 33 catches and a career-high 400

receiving yards, will need surgery to repair the damage.

”You don’t just replace guys that have been that productive,”

coach Chan Gailey said Monday. ”It’s an opportunity for somebody

else to step up.”

Parrish was hurt on Buffalo’s next to last drive. On

third-and-10 from the Chicago 44 with 2:31 left in regulation, he

dove along the right sidelines to try and haul in Ryan

Fitzpatrick’s pass, and wound up falling awkwardly on the

wrist.

It’s the same wrist that forced Parrish to miss the first six

games of his rookie season in 2005 when he broke it during training

camp.

Parrish’s injury is a blow to an offense that has been

improving. The diminutive receiver had emerged as a solid option

for Fitzpatrick after a forgettable 2009 in which he had only three

receptions. Parrish was also Buffalo’s best punt returner,

averaging just under 11 yards on 12 returns this year. He came into

the season with the fourth-highest punt return average (12.2 yards)

in NFL history.

Gailey said the team will consider all of its options before

either promoting Naaman Roosevelt, a Buffalo native, or Paul

Hubbard from the practice squad, or simply signing a free agent to

replace Parrish.

”We’ll see what the best fit might be for us at this point,”

Gailey said.

Davis missed two games because of his shoulder injury, including

Sunday’s loss to Chicago. The nine-year NFL veteran signed with the

Bills this offseason to serve as the defensive play-caller as the

team made the switch to a 3-4 defense.

The damaging news comes a day after Buffalo dropped to 0-8, the

worst start since losing 11 straight to open the 1984 campaign.

Fitzpatrick, though, has been part of a second-half turnaround, and

thinks history can repeat itself.

In 2008, he played on a Cincinnati Bengals team that lost its

first eight games, but the Bengals were able to salvage some

respectability by going 4-3-1 over their final eight. That recovery

helped set the tone for a 2009 campaign in which they won the AFC

North at 10-6.

”This team, at least from an offensive standpoint, is probably

more talented,” Fitzpatrick said when asked of the similarities

between the two winless clubs. ”That’s something that I look as a

positive. We haven’t given up on the season.”

To the Bills credit, they haven’t rolled over in their last

three gut-wrenching losses that included two straight overtime

defeats. But one can’t take away the ”bumbling” description when

talking about the Bills quite yet, as big turnovers at inopportune

times have kept victory No. 1 from their grasp.

”It’s the first time I’ve ever been through something like this

in my career,” receiver Lee Evans said. ”It’s trying on you

mentally and physically.”

Notes: The Bills also signed RB Quinton Ganther and released RB

Andre Anderson and practice squad RB Rodney Ferguson Monday.

Ganther has 262 yards rushing on 71 carries in 28 career NFL games.

He was released by Seattle last Tuesday. … Sunday’s game against

the Detroit Lions will be the first played in Buffalo since the

Bills lost 36-26 to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 10. … Newly

acquired LB Shawne Merriman said on Monday that he expects to

practice Wednesday. The team didn’t practice on Monday. …

Receiver Steve Johnson had his franchise-tying five-game touchdown

reception streak snapped. … Fitzpatrick has thrown a touchdown

strike in nine straight games dating back to last season, the

longest franchise TD stretch since Drew Bledsoe threw at least one

pass for a score in 10 consecutive games in 2002.