Evans, Hangartner out against Dolphins

December 13, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2010 at 7:11 PM EDT

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Evans, Hangartner out against Dolphins

December 13, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2010 at 7:11 PM EDT

Orchard Park (WKBW.com) Three games left for the now 3-and-10 Buffalo Bills, but the team could be without veteran WR Lee Evans for the rest of the way. Evans suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter of the Bills 13-6 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey updated the status of Evans on Monday, and spoke the media about the teams third win of the season.
The full transcipt is below.

Monday, December 13, 2010

On his concerns with WR Lee Evans out:
I know it’s going to be two [weeks] and might even be a struggle for him to get back for the last one. So, they’re going to continue to give us updates on a daily basis, but it really doesn’t look good right now. I hate it for him and I hate it for us, obviously.

On if it’s a high ankle sprain:
Something like that. They told me it was like that, but to what extent that is I don’t know.

On if it’s broken:

On if injured reserve is a possibility:
It is a possibility, yes.

On what kind of changes are going to be made with the inexperienced receiving corps:
You obviously just can’t go in the game and say, ‘Hey, just because we have inexperienced guys we’re not going to throw the football.’ You still are going to throw the football, execute your passing game and hopefully we’ll do a good job of working with these guys and teaching them. They have to realize the game can’t be too big for them. For the most part, Donald [Jones] and David Nelson have played this year for the whole year. Naaman [Roosevelt] would be the one, in our four wide receiver sets, that would have to go out there and do his part just like Donald came on and did his part when it was his time.

On the receiving corps being a no-named bunch:

On his thoughts on how the group has played and overcome some tough injuries:
We’ve thrown the ball fairly well, not great, but fairly well. We’ve thrown it better in some games than in other games. Probably, your passing game revolves more around protection than it does [with] some of the routes you have in for the game. So, I think if we can do a good job of protection, these guys will go out and execute the passing game and be just fine. Fitz [Ryan Fitzpatrick] has had a knack for working guys in and not letting it be a detriment – letting those guys go have an opportunity to make plays.

On working WR Naaman Roosevelt in the mix when he knows all four receiver positions:
He’s a very intelligent guy. He knows them all, too. It’s not like you have to tell him what to do every time he goes to a different spot – he knows the offensive passing game scheme. It won’t be an issue from that standpoint at all.

On if WR David Nelson is more outside and WR Donald Jones is more inside, or if they are interchangeable:
Yeah, that’s a good way to say. They’ll be interchangeable.

On the strengths of WR Donald Jones:
He has a good burst. He can catch the ball. He’s got good hand-eye coordination. He has got to learn more about how to run certain routes. He’s much better in some of the routes that he’s been running the most. We had some different type of things for him this past week and he wasn’t as comfortable with those. We’ve got to continue to teach him how to run those particular routes that he may end up running in the coming weeks.

On how satisfying of a win that was yesterday:
I was very pleased with the way our defense played. It’s overlooked by some, not by everyone, but overlooked by some – probably the goal line stand in the first drive was as big a part of the game as anything, to keep them out of there. Then we went over to the side and re-grouped and were able to hold them to a field goal the rest of the day against a team that had been running the football and putting up some decent point numbers against some other teams. So, I’m happy for our defense. I’m very pleased with the way they adjusted and came back and played the rest of the ballgame. Going back and looking at it, three critical three-and-outs at the end of the game – those were huge. When you had to have it, they went out there and went three-and-out.

On the status of C Geoff Hangartner:
Better. He won’t be ready this week. It’s going to be close, really, for the rest of the year on him, but he’s getting better.

On the way G/C Eric Wood played:
Eric did a nice job, he did. He handled things well. I think people were somewhat surprised by that, but I know we weren’t at all. I think we fully expected him to go in there and be able to do what he did. That was a nose man that had played pretty well against some people in the past, so I thought it was a positive the way he was able to go in and fill in and play.

On if it was a positive that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick got to work with the back-ups in training camp and mini-camps:
I don’t know. That’d be a reach I think, but there may be something there. I don’t know. I have a hard time saying that as a definite fact.

On if he feels good moving forward with a Cordaro Howard/Chad Rinehart combination at right guard:
Yeah, actually Chad played a lot better that I had anticipated he would. We’ll go the rest of the week, but with the way he played he certainly deserves to start this week. Then, we’ll see how we’ll handle to rotation, how we’re going to work that. Cord [Cordaro Howard] came out of the game pretty sore. So, that might have something to do with it in itself.

On if he will be able to run play with four wide receiver sets:
We’re going to talk about it. You’d rather not go with just four, especially if you think you’re going to play somewhat of a high percentage of four-wides in the game. But sometimes other positions dictate that you can’t go with five [receivers]. So, we’ll see.

On if he would tight ends in four-wide sets:
Well, it would force us to that if we had an injury, yes.

On his thoughts on the New York Jets Coach tripping the Miami Dolphins player during their game yesterday:
Well, I’m disappointed that anything like that would happen in a game. I certainly hope nothing like that would ever happen in one of our games. I don’t believe it would. You just hate to see that happen. You hate for young kids to see that happen in a game that’s supposed to be highest level of all football.

On if there are any other injuries:
Nothing major. [There are] some bumps and bruises that may hold a guy out of practice, but I think everybody else will be in the game OK.

On if he used Mandarin on Saturday with the Chinese media that came to Buffalo through the NFL China Program:
I didn’t practice it or use it. I know nothing.

On his thoughts on meeting with the group:
It was a first for me. It was a very unique thing. I don’t know what will come of it and in the grand scheme of things if it means anything, but it was a pretty interesting deal.

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