ORCHARD PARK - The Buffalo Bills' (5-7) will be without center Eric Wood this week when they take on the St. Louis Rams (5-6-1), causing some shuffling along the offensive line, as Kraig Urbik, David Snow and Sam Young will look to pick up the slack.
"They (St. Louis Rams) do a great job of rushing the passer and (Chris) Long will be a challenge over there for Sam (Young)," Bills' head coach Chan Gailey said. "That will be a real challenge for him. To be honest with you, they rotate through a lot of guys that can play. This might be overall as athletic of defensive front and powerful combined with quickness, a defensive front as we have played all season. You look at all the guys they rotate through there. They are playing extremely well right now and it will be a challenge for him and David (Snow).
Either Urbik or Snow will play center, with the one who is not moving to right guard.
"We are going to work them both and I am not sure which way that will go to be honest with you," Gailey said. "We are going to have to wait and see which way is the best way to go by the end of the week."
The Bills, who are coming off a 232-yard rushing performance in their 34-18 win over Jacksonville (2-10) last week, will also be without offensive tackle Chris Hariston.
"They are still doing tests," Gailey said. "They did tests again (Tuesday). It is not looking good for now and to be honest with you, we are hoping to get him back maybe for the last two (games)."
Aside from Woods' play on the field, there are other things quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will miss on Sunday.
"We will miss a lot from him in terms of his leadership, his physical skill and also just the mental part of it," Fitzpatrick said. "He has been the guy that has been able to make all of the calls. We are going to have to have some other guys step up. Some guys that have been around, but other guys step up and help out."