Chan Gailey called into question a report Sunday that defensive end Mario Williams was dealing with a torn ligament in his left wrist.
“I haven’t heard anything about that,” the Buffalo Bills’ coach said. “I don’t know where that came from, but I’ve heard nothing of that sort.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Sunday cited a source within the Bills’ organization in reporting that was the nature of Williams’ injury.
“I had heard nothing about a ligament,” Gailey said.
Williams had seven tackles and a sack Sunday against his former team, 12 days after being operated on by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Hunt in Birmingham, Ala. Williams had described the procedure as having his wrist “cleaned up.”
Gailey said the team’s medical staff thought Williams came through the game OK.
“The report [Monday] morning was it was better than it had been in weeks past the day after a game,” the coach said.
The news wasn’t as good on fellow free agent defensive end Mark Anderson. Gailey said he suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery and described his chances of playing Sunday in New England against his former team as “bad.”
“He may need another procedure before it’s over with. I’m not sure we’ll have him this week,” Gailey said.
If Anderson were to have another surgery, Gailey said that it would be minor in nature, keeping him out an additional 2-3 weeks, but not for the rest of the season.
Right tackle Erik Pears also sounds unlikely to play against the Patriots, as well. Pears missed his first game of the season Sunday following a hip procedure last week.
“They’re telling us a few days to a couple weeks is what we’ll need to figure out exactly where he is and what he’ll be able to do for the rest of the year, basically,” Gailey said.
The news was better for receiver Stevie Johnson, who suffered a deep thigh bruise against the Texans.
“He may not be able to practice Wednesday, but I think it’ll be OK for this weekend,” Gailey said. “It’s very important. When you’ve got your leading receiver hobbled, it hurts your passing game. So to have him as close to 100 percent would be very important for us.”
Johnson has experience playing through injury, playing all of 2011 with a torn groin.
Gailey said he talks once a week with owner Ralph Wilson.
“He’s upset we’re losing. Would you expect anything less?” Gailey said of those talks with the team’s 94-year-old owner. “That’s made very clear, which I understand. I am too. We’ve got to win, and our weekly conversations will go better.”
Gailey also addressed the vote of confidence he received from General Manager Buddy Nix last Friday.
“Buddy’s been very good to me,” Gailey said. “We’re working through trying to turn this thing back around for the franchise and for the Buffalo fans and for everybody. I appreciate it.
“I’m going to work my rear off no matter what to try to get this thing back where it belongs.”