The injuries keep piling up at Buffalo Bills training camp. Prior to the team’s final practice at St. John Fisher College, head coach Sean McDermott addressed the media in a press conference and stated that cornerback E.J. Gaines will miss several weeks with a groin injury.
Gaines was competing with incumbent starter Levi Wallace and fellow free agent addition Kevin Johnson for Buffalo’s No. 2 cornerback job but sustained an injury during Sunday’s practice. Gaines shined for the Bills in 2017, recording 59 tackles, one interception nine pass breakups and three forced fumbles in 11 games. He played for the Cleveland Browns in 2018 before Buffalo brought him back on a one-year, $2.1 million contract during the offseason.
McDermott didn’t elaborate much on what the injury to Gaines means for the depth chart heading into Thursday’s preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts, but did note that it would give the other defensive backs below him a chance to ‘show us what they’ve got.’
Kevin Johnson has been given the dreaded ‘injury prone’ label since the former first-round draft pick hadn’t been able to stay healthy through his first four seasons, so having Gaines sidelined for an indefinite period of time definitely is an issue for the Bills’ secondary.
Cam Lewis, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Buffalo figures to be the beneficiary of E.J. Gaines being sidelined, as he was listed as the third cornerback option behind him on Buffalo’s unofficial depth chart that was released Monday.