Pain secondary to Bills

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:00 AM ET

As part of a pro-Bills promotion here in western New York, a local grocery chain yesterday handed out boxes of cereal with the mug of safety Coy Wire splashed on the front.

The breakfast food in question? Shredded Wheat.

They could not have come up with a better product to reflect the Bills' play of late.

Not only was Wire shredded by New England quarterback Tom Brady in a 31-17 loss on Sunday, an injury-depleted Bills squad could find itself absorbing the same abuse from the 3-0 New York Jets on Sunday at Giants Stadium.

Jets quarterback Chad Pennington must be licking his chops at the prospect of ripping apart a makeshift Buffalo secondary already missing starters Troy Vincent and Lawyer Milloy.

As he hobbled through the dressing room on crutches yesterday, Vincent winced at the prospect of being out at least two weeks.

"I can't help, I can't do anything," Vincent said after having athroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday. "When you're on the sidelines, in most cases you don't feel like a part of the team."

It could be a long afternoon for Terrence McGee, Vincent's replacement in the starting lineup. Pennington almost assuredly will attempt to exploit the second-year player's inexperience rather than testing veteran Nate Clements at the other corner.

There also are problems at strong safety, where Wire has struggled in Milloy's spot. Milloy has been forced to watch his team stumble to an 0-3 start after breaking his right forearm in the pre-season.

Wire could join Vincent and Milloy in the press box after sitting out yesterday's workout with a bruised quadriceps. Look for veteran Pierson Prioleau to start even if Wire is able to suit up.

Buffalo's porous offensive line also is in a state of flux.

Centre Trey Teague injured his knee against the Pats, forcing guard Ross Tucker to practice at the position.

Both Teague and tackle Jonas Jennings are listed as questionable, although Jennings should be able to play after suffering a concussion from an alleged "dirty" hit by the Patriots' Vince Wilfork.

"It was almost like it was premeditated," said Jennings, knocked cold by the collision.


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