Buffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson is hoping to return before the end of the season.
Anderson has been nursing a torn lateral meniscus, an injury he suffered in Week 5 of the Bills’ season and which has required several surgeries.
"(Anderson) has been a very good addition to our football team. You hate to lose people that have his kind of energy and have been playing the way that he has been playing," Bills’ head coach Chan Gailey told the Associated Press in October. "It hurts your depth, it hurts your pass rush, and it hurts every little thing there. Next guy in line has to step up. We got three defensive ends right now and those guys are going to have to make it happen."
Meanwhile, Anderson said his recovery is going well.
"Each day it's getting better,” Anderson told buffalobills.com. “The first surgery it really wasn't getting better, but ever since the second surgery everything was rolling along and getting better each day. It's coming along pretty good. I'm rehabbing every day, trying to get the knee back strong, trying to get the quad and everything right.”
For now, Anderson has been encouraging and providing pointers to his teammates from the sidelines.
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“Watching everybody on the D-line they’re playing pretty good and playing hard,”he said. “I'm just trying to do my part so I can help and get back on the field. Everything is looking good. Eventually it's going to be where it needs to be and then you'll see me on the field.”