Orchard Park, N.Y. (WGR 550) – The Buffalo Bills finally have veteran guard Rodger Saffold in camp after missing some time due to injured ribs suffered in a car accident. The 34-year-old comes to Buffalo after two seasons with the Tennessee Titans and nine years with the St. Louis, now Los Angeles Rams.
The accident happened in California, but it's something Saffold is not wanting to talk about.
"I don’t want to get into the details of the crash, because it was traumatic for me," he said following Sunday's practice. "It was just an accident, and I just had some sore ribs. It wasn’t until I got back here that I figured out the damage that was in place."
Injuries have prevented the starting offensive line to fully work together this training camp. As many will know, it takes the offensive line time to get on the same page, but Saffold isn’t worried about it.
"Things work in mysterious ways, as I was able to play with Dion [Dawkins] at the Pro Bowl, and we played on the left and the right side. So I was able to gel with him pretty quickly," Saffold said.
“As far as Mitch [Morse] goes, we’re two veterans. We’re able to click a little faster than the normal guys. When it comes down to terminology and being with [offensive line coach] Aaron Cromer, I’m able to fit the system pretty well. So it’s actually been easier than I ever thought it could be."
Obviously this is a new offense for Saffold after primarily working with quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Jared Goff. However, he knows exactly what Josh Allen can do.
"There’s no limit to what we can be," Saffold said of his new quarterback. "But we’ve got to decide what we want to be, and then we have to attack it."
Safford says he doesn't need to be in preseason games to be ready for opening night against the Rams in Los Angeles.
"What it really comes down to is my quarterback going to be out there, because if my quarterback is out there, I’ve got to be out there," he said.
When looking at the Bills' depth chart, Saffold is listed as the starting left guard with Dawkins at left tackle, Morse is positioned at center, while Ryan Bates is at right guard and David Quessenberry slots in at right tackle.
"You learn the most about each other through adversity, and that’s going to make us stronger playing for one another and working together," Saffold said.
"You can do reps out of your mind, but being able to care about the person next to you and playing hard for them is what really matters in this game."
Speaking about what matters, Bills head coach McDermott thinks it matters to have a professional like Saffold on the field.
"The veteran presence is the first thing I noticed," he said. "He's a guy that really enjoys being out there, and having him with Mitch and working with that group has been good to watch. I'm looking forward to him ramping up a little bit more."
Von Miller was excused from Sunday’s practice, while DaQuan Jones watched off to the side. McDermott says tackle Tommy Doyle suffered a foot injury, as he also watched practice with a boot on his foot.
Others not practicing on Sunday included guard Ike Boettger, wide receivers Marquez Stevenson and Tavon Auston, defensive tackle C.J. Brewer, linebacker Tyrel Dodson, and safety Jordan Poyer. Cornerback Tre White also continues to work on rehabbing his knee, which he injured last season on Thanksgiving.
McDermott has gave the team Monday off from practice. The group will be back at it Tuesday morning in Orchard Park.