The Buffalo Bills lost another key pass-catcher for the season, as tight end Scott Chandler has been placed on the injured reserve with a knee injury, and the 27-year-old may have actually torn his ACL. Chandler suffered the injury yesterday against the Miami Dolphins on a play in which he caught a 25-yard pass. It sounds like the MRI did not go too well, and he was also spotted on crutches in the locker room.
With Chandler on the IR, the Bills will likely be picking up another tight end for depth. Joe Buscaglia tweeted that Fendi Onobun could be a possibility for the Bills to replenish depth.
Bills head coach Chan Gailey said that the injury “doesn’t look good”, and it is devastating news for the 27-year-old. Chandler is a hard worker who has risen recently to be a big red zone threat for the Bills. Before the injury, he had 43 receptions for 571 yards and six touchdowns in a solid season. He broke out last year to the tune of 38 receptions and six TDs, and he built on last year’s numbers this season.
Hopefully he can make a full recovery, because Chandler might not be the same after the injury. He won’t be set to be a free agent his year, but he will be a free agent after the 2013 season. This makes the injury even worse for him as a player, and it will be interesting to see how the rehabbing process goes and what his injury is exactly. A worst-case scenario has him landing on the PUP list and missing the entire 2013 season before hitting the free agent market in 2014.
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