Ryan’s Away, But The Roost’s Still Rocking

By Chris

It’ll a busy weekend for Queen City sports. While Ryan’s in Miami for the Bills-Dolphins game on Sunday, we’ve got a UB football game and the Sabres’ season opener here on the home front tomorrow.

— The Sabres announced today that Tyler Myers will be in the lineup against the Canadiens. Looking at the line combinations from practice, Nathan Paestch will be in the press box. Let The Experiment begin.

While the future is now for the Sabres, the present-day Canadiens will be without their top defenseman for at least three months. The team announced that Andre Markov probably won’t be back until after the Olympic break in February because of a torn tendon.

Montreal really retooled their team in the offseason, so losing their horse on the blueline might really set them back. Good thing Bob Gainey overpaid for Jaro Spacek and Hal Gill.

— The UB Bulls return home for the first time in two weeks as they take on Central Michigan.

After suffering three straight losses, Turner Gill’s squad is also battling injuries. They haven’t been able to make up for the loss of running back James Starks and now they have lost their starting center, Matt Baucolis, for four-six weeks.

On the defensive side of the ball, starting cornerback Kendrick Hawkins and starting linebacker Darius Willis have been ruled out for Saturday’s game.

That should allow Chippewas quarterback Dan LeFevour, who was profiled in Sports Illustrated this week, to boost his already gaudy statistics.

LeFevour is scary good and could very well have a monster game against a Bulls team that has had trouble stopping the run.

I’ll be up in the pressbox and live-blogging the game with WECK 1230’s Scott Wilson for WNYMedia.net, so join us if you won’t be at the game. Kick off is at 3:30 p.m.

— Speaking of injuries, the Bills put cornerback Leodis McKelvin on injured reserve to make room for Marshawn Lynch on the 53-man roster.

The move ends a disappointing season for McKelvin, not only because of the injuries that limited him against Tampa and New Orleans, but also because of that costly fumble against the Pats in Week One. McKelvin never really had a chance to redeem himself for that play and no one will forget about it now.

Let’s just hope we don’t see a repeat of what happened to Posluszny during his rookie year when he was ready to play by Thanksgiving but had to sit it out because he was already on IR.

Drayton Florence will start in McKelvin’s absence.

— Ryan will be at the Oklahoma-Miami game tomorrow as well, so I’m sure he’ll have something to say about all of that.

Forget Andy Williams, this is the most wonderful time of the year.