Buffalo Bills veteran tight end Charles Clay suffered a left knee injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and will be “out multiple weeks” after undergoing a surgical procedure on Monday, head coach Sean McDermott announced.
“Charles underwent a (knee) scope this morning and he’ll be out multiple weeks,” McDermott said, via Buffalo’s team website. “I never want to see a guy get hurt, let alone a player of Charles’ caliber. But it’s next man up. That’s what we do. That’s what happens in this league. We’ve gotten hit a little bit by the injury bug.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Clay suffered a torn meniscus and MCL sprain.
Bills TE Charles Clay expected to miss “multiple weeks” after undergoing surgery today on torn meniscus and MCL sprain, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2017
The loss of Clay for “multiple weeks” is a significant blow to the offense, as Buffalo currently has the NFL’s fourth worst passing attack in terms of yards.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound tight end leads the team in receiving yards (258) and has caught two of Tyrod Taylor’s six touchdown passes this season.
With Clay sidelined, the Bills are expected to turn to third-year tight end Nick O’Leary.
The former sixth-round pick out of Florida State caught five passes on six targets for 54 yards against the Bengals and is expected to see an increased workload moving forward.
“I thought Nick did a good job Sunday in the passing game and made some key catches for us,” McDermott said. “He’s a guy that Tyrod trusts and he’s made some big plays this year so far. I like the direction he’s heading right now.”