Some injury notes to pass along on the Sabres and Bills…
On the hockey side, captain Craig Rivet underwent knee surgery this morning. It looks like he’ll miss at least two weeks. Welcome back to the show, Nathan Paetsch. Hopefully he’ll look more like the 2006-07 incarnation rather than he inconsistent player we saw last year.
And on the gridiron, John “Delivery” DiGiorgio has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in the Bills’ victory over San Diego. Linebacker Marcus Buggs has been promoted from the practice squad to take his place. They’re big shoes to fill, however, as DiGiorgio was a key guy on special teams.
If there’s one common theme for our Buffalo teams the last few years, it’s that they’ve got the depth to overcome their proneness to injury. Both teams have key players out (Hecht and Connolly for the Sabres and McGee and Crowell for the Bills), but they’ve been able to continue to be successful despite that, especially this year.
When’s the last time both teams have been off to such a hot start? It’s been a long time…but very rarely do you remember how a team started. It’s the conclusion of the story that lives on in history. If the Bills and Sabres can get healthy, maybe we’ll finally have at least one of those fairy tale endings we dream of. But for now, let’s take it one game at a time and hope that the replacements can continue to succeed.