The Buffalo Bills have lost defensive end Alex Carrington for the season because of a torn quadriceps.
Coach Doug Marrone delivered that news Monday as part of a lengthy update on the team’s injuries following Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets.
Carrington was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss after being hurt defending a New York running play.
The 6-foot-5, 301-pound Carrington is in the final season of his contract. The Bills and Carrington’s camp held substantive talks on a contract extension during the season, but ultimately could not come to an agreement. It remains to be seen how much this injury will affect his earning power in free agency.
Carrington had started only six games in the first three seasons of his career, but was being counted on to play a big role this year in the first season under new coordinator Mike Pettine.
Carrington started each of the first three games, and played 63 percent of the defensive snaps (107 of 170) against the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers in the first two weeks.
“I feel bad. I’m not going to lie to you and sit here and say next man up,” Marrone said. “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, and unfortunately he has an injury.”
The Bills placed Carrington – who had surgery Monday – on their injured reserve list. They haven’t officially announced a replacement on the 53-man roster, but defensive lineman Jay Ross – who made the team out of training camp but was cut two weeks ago – tweeted that he was “headed back to work,” with the hashtag “BillsMafia.”
Defensive end Corbin Bryant is expected to see his playing time increase substantially with Carrington out.
“I’ve been very, very happy with his past two games and the way he’s performed,” Marrone said of Bryant.
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and defensive end Mario Williams both missed time in Sunday’s game because of respective ankle injuries, but Marrone said both escaped serious harm and should be able to return to the lineup Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
The same goes for wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who suffered a hamstring injury, as well as running back C.J. Spiller, who suffered a quad injury.
“It’s sore, but it shouldn’t be anything that will keep me out this week,” Spiller said.
Cornerback Leodis McKelvin suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and was unable to return to Sunday’s game. Marrone said McKelvin will need to be evaluated in practice before knowing his availability for the Ravens. “We’ll see how that is when he comes back and starts working on the field,” the coach said.
After opening the season with touchdowns on four of their first five trips inside the red zone, the Bills were shut out by the Jets on Sunday, going 0 for 3.
“Red-zone execution was terrible. If we score a couple of those times we get down there, it’s a totally different ballgame; we don’t give up six sacks because we’re not getting teed off on in the second half,” center Eric Wood said. “But you get what’s coming to you when you play the Jets. If you dig a hole, that’s their game.”