The Buffalo Bills have a long injury list for what feels like the 100th time in an 11-week season, but this time it’s not all bad news — in fact, out of 14 players on the list, I’d dare to pick seven on the trending-up list .
Here’s today’s full roster and a look at what Sunday’s game time could mean when the Bills host the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field in Detroit.
Bill’s injuries trending
- FB Reggie Gilliam (illness)
- OG Rodger Saffold (veteran pad, shoulder)
- DT Tim Settle (illness)
- LB Von Miller (Veteran Rest)
- LB Matt Milano (illness)
- CB Kaiir Elam (ankle)
- S. Jordan Poyer (elbows)
It appears the majority of the Bills’ injury list stems from what head coach Sean McDermott ruled to be a non-COVID-related illness during his time with the media on Wednesday. Three of the affected players are already back in training, so we can assume they will be ready for action on Sunday.
More good news: Safety Jordan Poyer and cornerback Kaiir Elam were active participants for the second straight day, with the latter moving from limited to full – suggesting the rookie corner should be ready to slide back into rotational position, in where he and his colleagues are. Rookie cornerback Christian Benford has played against Dane Jackson all season.
Whilst Poyer was restricted for his second straight workout I put him in this category as it is a significant improvement for safety as he did not compete for two weeks after injuring his elbow again in week 8. Will he play on Sunday? I don’t know, but after last week’s debacle in the backfield, we’re hoping that limited training will be enough to get him back on the field.
Bill’s injuries hold up
- QB Josh Allen (elbow)
- WR Isaiah McKenzie (illness)
- DT Jordan Phillips (illness)
- S Cam Lewis (illness, forearm)
Allen is still restricted in practice, but it seems like nothing has changed since last week, when the quarterback didn’t even practice until Friday. While he’s not throwing, it’s no sign he won’t be in uniform Sunday either. The team started him against the Minnesota Vikings after only one day of limited practice all week. And he came out throwing. If he’s on your fantasy team, I wouldn’t bench him this week.
While Lewis is quiet is listed with a forearm injury it’s not what’s keeping him from practicing (it’s been going on here for weeks and it hasn’t stopped him yet). The illness that has invaded the locker room has kept both Lewis and Phillips out for two days and while this is the first time McKenzie has been listed it is not unreasonable as three of the other sick players are already back that these three will be operational within the next three days.
The bigger question is, will anyone else get sick before then?
Bill’s injuries trended down
- WR Jake Kumerow (ankle)
- EN Greg Rousseau (ankle)
- LB Tremaine Edmunds (heel, groin)
Kumerow and Rousseau do not surprise here. Both are out with ankle injuries and McDermott said earlier in the week that Kumerow would be out week in and week out. Rousseau was injured in Week 9, so he wouldn’t work on his recovery until Week 3 (game two). Given the Bills’ history of bringing players back into rotation after suffering an ankle injury, he still has a week to go, while Kumerow, who missed time earlier in the season with an ankle injury, has a long way to go before we do expect to see him again.
The bigger concern is Edmunds. The heel injury doesn’t really seem to be affecting him as it’s been on the list for a while, but he’s stayed active. However, this is the second week he has been listed with a groin injury. The linebacker was listed last week and, like Allen, did not attend the team’s practices until the last day of the week. However, Edmunds was forced to leave Sunday’s game in the second quarter as the injury became too serious for him to play through. The change on the defensive side of the ball was evident in the second half, so let’s hope the coaching staff found a way to make some adjustments and plug some holes, although some players were absent this week due to illness that has entered the building.
The Bills will be up against a familiar opponent in the Cleveland Browns, and their list doesn’t look quite as long as the Buffalo team’s.
Brown’s injuries trending
- TE David Njoku (ankle)
- OG Wyatt Teller (not due to injury)
- OG Ethan Pocic (ankle)
- LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (knee)
It was the The first time the Browns have had Njoku back in training in three weeks. The tight end was injured in Cleveland’s Week 7 game against the Baltimore Ravens and missed two games and benefited from a Week 9 bye to aid his recovery. It will be something to watch to see if Njoku’s ankle is good enough to pass on Sunday – especially now that the game has officially moved to Detroit where they can play in a dome and escape the lake effect snow, who could have made the Highmark Stadium field a risk for healthy ankles, let alone those who still need plenty of taping to stabilize themselves.
Brown’s injuries are trending down
- OG Michael Dunn (rear)
- DT Perrion Winfrey (leader)
- S D’Anthony Bell (concussion)
Bell was injured on a punt return during Cleveland’s loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. After an examination in the medical tent on the sidelines, the defender with a concussion was ruled out. It appears he has yet to clear the league’s logs and is unlikely to be able to clear all steps in the log, including non-contact drills and then full attendance, before Sunday.
No word on what happened to Winfrey, who was fine on Wednesday but has now turned up with a head injury and was unable to attend today’s practice session. It wasn’t listed as a concussion, so this could range from a laceration to a stab wound to concussion symptoms. We’ll have to keep an eye on tomorrow’s report for more information on the defender’s status.