The Bills’ season ended with Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, which meant players had to come to the facility to clean out their lockers on Monday.
Guard Rodger Saffold took some time off from this task to speak to reporters about the unfortunate end to the season. There was a lot of talk on Sunday that the Bills weren’t able to match the energy the Bengals brought to the field and Saffold’s comments suggest that’s how it felt, too. internally.
“Guys were exhausted during the week and our coaches did their best to change the week. . . but there were just unusual things happening. . . I kind of have to put this into practice and not as an excuse, just this team has been fighting for so long and fighting through all this adversity you’re almost out of gas at some point,” Saffold said, via Bridget Condon of NFL Media.
Saffold said the players “have not been able to breatheh since the Damar situation” in reference to safety Damar Hamlin who went into cardiac arrest during the team’s Week 17 game in Cincinnati and it was clear the situation took an emotional toll on the Bills during of the last few weeks. They will have a chance to catch their breath now, but it will still take them a long time to show that they have regained their footing on the pitch.