Inside The Bills

Bad time to lose emotional leader

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2008 – 7:24 pm

There’s no question that Donte Whitner is Buffalo’s emotional leader on defense. Losing him to a separated shoulder at a time when Buffalo is facing adversity does not serve the best interests of the team in terms of bouncing back from a two-game losing streak.

The big concern with him out of the lineup is obviously the nickel package. If Youboty cannot return from a lingering foot injury this week, Leodis McKelvin or Reggie Corner will have to play in the slot against Wes Welker.

Both McKelvin and Corner got time in the slot during training camp and the preseason. It’s time for them to show the coaching staff what they’ve got. Obviously you’d like to have more experience on the field in a pivotal divisional game like the one the Bills have this week. But you’ve got to go with what you’ve got.

The rookies are on the roster for a reason. The coaching staff believed they were good enough to play and now they’ll have to play them.

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