The Buffalo Bills received unfortunate news early Monday morning, as doctors confirmed that tackle LaAdrian Waddle has torn his quad and will be out for four to five months. Waddle, who left the New England Patriots to sign with the Bills last March, has spent a majority of camp working with the second unit at left tackle.
Although Waddle’s injury is the worst among the offensive lineman, he is far from the first lineman to be sidelined with an injury at camp. Starting center, Mitch Morse, has missed an entire week after entering concussion protocol and will likely miss the Bills’ preseason opener on Thursday. Starting left guard, Quinton Spain, missed a few practices with a foot injury but quickly returned to action. Spencer Long and Jon Feliciano, who are currently battling for the starting right guard spot, have both dealt with injuries the past few days, but have now reentered the mix.
With Waddle inevitably missing the entire 2019 season, the Bills need to find an answer for his absence. Currently, the Bills have Conor McDermott and De’Ondre Wesley working at tackle with the third team. McDermott has played 8 games for the Bills in the past two seasons and might be a solid option to back up Dion Dawkins. Wesley, who was with the Bills for camp last season, has not played a game since 2015.
If the Bills opt to sign a free agent, there are several options on the open market. NFL Insider, Ian Rapoport, reported that the Bills are working out former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, Sam Young. Young played in 12 games for the Dolphins in 2018, starting in one of those games. Young also played for the Bills in 2011 and 2012.
Buffalo’s linemen have had a rough training camp thus far. Hopefully they will take the next month to recuperate before the season opener in September.