Rex Ryan hopes DE Mario Williams can play ‘in some capacity’ this week

Mario Williams is a question mark to play against the Texans on Sunday.
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The Buffalo Bills were without Mario Williams in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, hurting their pass rush in a big way.

They only brought down Alex Smith one time and gave up 158 yards on the ground — 114 of which came from Spencer Ware. To make matters worse, Williams' replacement, Alex Carrington, suffered a quad injury and is reportedly out for the season.

With that, the Bills are now extremely thin at defensive end, and need Williams to come back from a foot injury that kept him out of Sunday's game as soon as possible. Rex Ryan said on Monday that he hopes Williams can play “in some capacity” this week against the Houston Texans, but it's unclear if that will actually happen.

Jerry Hughes will need to step up if the Bills don't have Williams this week, though he's struggled with penalties this season. He's been flagged seven times for personal fouls, which Ryan said is “alarming.”

The Bills were starting to get healthy, but the injury bug has hit recently, losing players like Karlos Williams, Kyle Williams and John Miller.

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