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TE Clay to miss first game this season

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2015 – 12:53 pm

He’s the team’s leading receiver, but for the first time this season TE Charles Clay is going to miss a game. Clay was declared out for Sunday’s game following Friday’s practice. He was unable to practice all week due to a back injury suffered in the first half of the loss at Philadelphia last week. For offensive coordinator Greg Roman, not having Clay in the lineup will hurt.

“When you don’t have Charles Clay, certain adjustments have to be made,” said Roman. “This guy has been such a good player for us in all phases. Blocking, pass protection, helping out in protection, getting out on routes, misdirection, play action, etc. I don’t think you can downplay what he has done for us.

“He helps get the run game where it is. He’s a big part of that. A lot of people can’t run to the tight end side, they just can’t, because their tight ends can’t block.  We got one we’re fortunately, that can. Other things he can do, too. As we grow as an offense, I think his talent level or production will definitely show more statistically than it has.”

The only other tight end on the roster who was considered to be as versatile as Clay was Marqueis Gray, but he went on injured reserve in the first half of the season with an arm injury that required surgery.

Buffalo goes into Sunday’s game with just Chris Gragg and rookie Nick O’Leary right now on the roster. FB Jerome Felton, who is probable for Sunday, may fill certain mutliple tight end sets offensively on Sunday if the team doesn’t make a roster move prior to Saturday at 4 pm.

The Bills did add a pair of tight ends to the practice squad this week in Marcel Jensen and Blake Annen.

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