BUFFALO (BuffaloBills.com) - It didn't look promising when Bills DL Alex Carrington was carted off late in Sunday's game against the Jets. On Monday the team's worst fears proved valid as Carrington was lost for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone delivered the bad news in his Monday afternoon press conference.
"Alex Carrington unfortunately had a torn quad tendon, which I think will put him out for the year," said Marrone. "He'll have surgery today."
The injury happened on a 3rd-and-6 play at the Bills 39-yard line. The Jets ran a run play up the middle and Bilal Powell was the ball carrier. Carrington engaged with Jets right guard Willie Colon and while attempting to push Colon back off the line of scrimmage, his left knee buckled on him and Carrington went down and did not get up.
Carrington, who was a starter primarily at defensive end in Buffalo's defensive scheme, was expected to have a big year. Marrone and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine spoke glowingly about him as being one of the most consistent players in training camp and the preseason.
"I feel bad. I'm not going to lie to you and sit here and say next man up," said Marrone. "You have feelings and that's what's difficult. Here's someone who has been very productive for the past three games and someone who is a very good football player. Here's a player who has put in a lot of time, that's been very consistent, a good leader for us and done everything we've asked him to do, and unfortunately he has an injury. "