Tonawanda News


September 10, 2013

Bills' Johnson takes blame for dropped pass


Tonawanda News — Add it up and the Bills' time of possession was 22:17, the shortest since controlling the ball for 22:08 during a 27-11 loss to the New York Jets on Nov. 6, 2011.

"Obviously, you've got to get that fixed," running back Fred Jackson said. "We can't leave our defense out there. We can't go three-and-out and put them out there and make them have a long day."

These were the telltale signs of a young team still searching for its identity with an entirely new coaching staff under rookie Doug Marrone.

"At the end of the day, we didn't make the plays we needed to win that game," Marrone said. "We came up short."

Marrone maintained confidence in Johnson bouncing back, with Buffalo preparing to host the Carolina Panthers (0-1) on Sunday.

"I have the utmost confidence in Stevie. He takes those things hard," Marrone said. "What he has to do, and he knows this, is he has to shake it off, come back and make a play. He will."

The Bills have more concerns to deal with after Marrone announced cornerback Ron Brooks and rookie receiver Marquise Goodwin will be out indefinitely after both were hurt Sunday.

Brooks underwent surgery Tuesday on a broken right foot. Goodwin had surgery on Monday to repair a broken right hand.

The initial prognosis is that both players' injuries are not season-ending, Marrone said.

Brooks was getting regular playing time as the third cornerback in passing situations. And his injury further depletes a secondary that's already missing starter Stephon Gilmore (broken left wrist) and starting safety Jairus Byrd (plantar fasciitis in both feet).

That leaves Buffalo down to four cornerbacks, including Brandon Burton, who was acquired last week off of waivers.

Byrd was unable to provide a timetable when he might be healthy enough to play.

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