Milano out for season with broken fibula; McCoy day-to-day

December 10, 2018 - 11:10 pm

Matt Milano’s excellent second season is over.  Bills’ head coach Sean McDermott confirmed Monday that the linebacker underwent surgery for a broken fibula and will miss the team’s remaining three games.  Milano was injured with less than two minutes left to play in the game on a third down run near the Bills’ goal line.  He sat on the turf for several minutes before being carted to the locker room.

The Boston College product was having an outstanding second season as a pro.  He’s either leading the Bills or second on the team in most major statistical categories, including 78 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three interceptions, three quarterback hurries, seven pass breakups, and three fumble recoveries.  

McDermott said the team is weighing options as far as Milano’s replacement over the final three games.  “The good part is that Matt’s done a really good job,” he said of the team's 2017 fifth-round pick.  “I thought he really grew this year. We’ll miss him. I look forward to getting him back in the offseason. It’ll be by committee potentially, and we’re still working through that. We’ve got certainly Lorenzo [Alexander] could fill that role, and then some other guys with respect to Deon [Lacey] and Corey [Thompson] and potentially Julian [Stanford], so we’re still going to work through that.”

He added that he believes Milano should be “in decent shape” as far as his chances to participate in the team’s offseason program.

McDermott also announced several other injuries, including RB LeSean McCoy, who is is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, RB Chris Ivory, who is is day-to-day with a shoulder, injury, K Stephen Hauschka also day-to-day with a hip injury, and CB Ryan Lewis, who is in concussion protocol. 

QB Derek Anderson is also still in concussion protocol, while TE Jason Croom is day-to-day with a groin injury, and Taron Johnson remains out after having shoulder surgery.

The Bills play the 5-8 Detroit Lions at home next Sunday.  If McCoy or Ivory can’t go, running back Keith Ford is an option to promote from the practice squad.

“ [I've] got a soft spot for him, the way he works. 100-percent, all the time, out at practice on the look team,” offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said of the undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M, who began his college career at Oklahoma.  “Gives great effort.  One of the guys that kind of stands in the background when we’re working on our reps and is asking a lot of questions. Just a young guy that’s trying to develop the best he can, and you appreciate guys like that.”

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