Inside The Bills

Hairston not only one learning

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2011 – 6:20 am

Bills rookie OL Chris Hairston will be making his first NFL start on Sunday as he mans the left tackle spot in place of an injured Demetrius Bell. There’s a lot that he’ll be learning on the fly, but Buffalo’s offensive staff will be learning just as much about a rookie they didn’t see much of in training camp or the preseason.

The Bills offensive coaches did not have Hairston on the practice field a whole lot this past summer as Hairston missed time and the first two preseason game with a knee injury. With limited exposure to Hairston and with Hairston’s limited exposure to live NFL football both he and the coaches will both be learning as he goes.

“There’s a lot to learn (about Chris),” said Gailey of Hairston. “We don’t know how he’s going to handle a whole game, a full quarter. We don’t know how he’s going to handle a full quarter yet. He’s got a lot on his plate this week. I have a lot of confidence in him, but he’s still got to go do it.”

Hairston will be going against an Eagles defensive front that currently leads the league in sacks including DE Jason Babin, who has a league-leading seven sacks on the season.


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