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Rinehart’s 1st start for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2010 – 6:00 am

For Chad Rinehart, it’s been a long road back from injury, but he made the most of his opportunity last week and will start today at right guard.

Rinehart got rolled up by Cowboys’ OLB Anthony Spencer and broke his fibula on the very same day that Eric Wood broke his leg (more severely) last season. It was a long rehabilitation for both, but Rinehart’s game was suffering and under a new coaching staff in Washington he didn’t make the grade.

“I got a few starts with Washington last year and then coming off the injury I really didn’t start to feel right until about three or four weeks ago,” said Rinehart. “So only until recently have I really felt my game come back around to what it used to be.”

Last Sunday after Rinehart’s 37 snaps, Chan Gailey noticed.

“He’s a physical player. He’s a big man,” said Gailey. “When you stand next to him you realize how big he is, and he played very physical in the ball game. That’s what we’d like to do is become a much more physical offensive line and he gives us a step in that direction.”

“Getting back in there it all came back to me quicker than I anticipated,” Rinehart said. “Now knowing I’m starting I’ve been able to mentally prepare for this week’s game. I’m looking forward to it.”

And so are the Bills who just might have another young player that at the very least offers quality depth.


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