Buffalo Bills solid 27-year-old tight end Scott Chandler tore his ACL in Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins, and it was the MRI on the morning after that revealed the terrible news. Chandler suffered the severe knee injury after catching a 25-yard bomb, and he was promptly placed on the injured reserve on the Monday after the game.
Chandler will hope to return in 2013 in full form, but he will likely be significantly less effective. He isn’t an athletic tight end, so he will need to continue to utilize his hands, strength, and red zone ability to remain effective. Chandler was certainly effective this season and built on a breakthrough 2011 season with six more touchdown receptions in 2012. He also caught a total of 43 passes for 571 yards and averaged 13.3 yards per reception and 38.1 receiving yards per game.
He told the official Buffalo Bills site, “You see guys running and cutting and it’s encouraging. These doctors know what they’re doing now. I think a lot of the onus is on the player now to get out there and bust his butt to get back, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
He also added that he has been moving between Buffalo and his home state of Iowa (he played college ball for the Hawkeyes) during his rehab. I hope the rehab goes well for him and he comes back without missing a beat. Chandler has been one of the feel good stories of the division over the past two seasons, but the firing of Chan Gailey also figures to hurt him almost as much as the ACL tear. The main reason why he was able to find success in Buffalo is because of Gailey’s innovative spread offense, but that’s all gone now.
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