Inside The Bills

Simmons expected to start

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2009 – 7:51 am

Bills newly signed guard Kendall Simmons has spent all of five days with his new linemates, but it’s apparently enough to convince Buffalo’s offensive staff that he’s ready to start against the Dolphins today.

The seven-year veteran is expected to start at right guard in place of rookie Eric Wood, who suffered a season ending injury last week against Jacksonville when he broke both the tibia and fibula in his left leg in a horrific looking sequence that ultimately required surgery.

Simmons is eager to make his first start since Sept. 29, 2008.

“I’m as ready as I’m going to be,” Simmons told “I really have to give credit to Kirk (Chambers) and Geoff (Hangartner). They’ve helped to direct me on any plays where I might be unsure pre-snap and that’s allowed me to play more and think less.”

Though a veteran player, Simmons is still translating all of the new terminology of Buffalo’s offensive scheme, but with two vets on either side of him, with Chambers expected to start at right tackle and Hangartner at center, Simmons believes he will be able to act and react instead of hesitate due to indecision.

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