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Simpson breaks ankle

Buffalo's Ko Simpson (30) has teammate Jason Webster roll under his leg, breaking Simpson's left ankle as they try to tackle Denver's Javon Walker.
Buffalo's Ko Simpson (30) has teammate Jason Webster roll under his leg, breaking Simpson's left ankle as they try to tackle Denver's Javon Walker.

Buffalo Bills starting free safety and former Rock Hill and South Carolina standout Ko Simpson is out indefinitely after breaking his left ankle Sunday in a game against Denver.

Simpson, in his second season in the NFL, was attempting to make a tackle on Broncos' wide receiver Javon Walker when teammate Jason Webster rolled under his leg, breaking Simpson's ankle.

Simpson said he doesn't know how long he will be out, but the initial report is that he'll be sidelined for at least 10-12 weeks.

"I'm having surgery in the morning (today), and the pain is really bad right now," Simpson said. "I broke the fibula in my left leg and I tore ligaments in my left ankle.

"I was trying to make a tackle and, the tough part was, it was on just our second defensive series of the first quarter."

Simpson was carted off the field just 10 minutes into the game and was taken for X-rays.

"I've never been injured since I was little, so this is kinda hard to take," Simpson said. "I'm hoping the surgery goes well and that it heals so that I can come back this season.

"If not, I'll wait until next year and work hard to get back healthy and back into the lineup."

The Bills' immediate worry, however, is the health of tight end Kevin Everett, who had surgery late Sunday after a helmet-to-helmet hit left him with a severe neck injury.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said he was informed by the team's medical staff the player went into surgery at a Buffalo hospital at about 8 p.m. Berchtold said he had no further information, and didn't know whether Everett had shown any signs of movement since he was driven off the field in an ambulance.

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