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Buffalo Bills Injury Primer (2021): Week 2

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Josh Allen and company head down to where the heat is on. Bills Mafia at the beach until the break of dawn. Bievenidos a Miami! The Bills are in need of a restart and no better place than Josh Allen’s favorite stomping grounds, South Beach. Last week was disappointing, but the Bills came out of the game fairly healthy.

For the Dolphins, the headline is that WR Will Fuller will not play. He was expected to suit up as his suspension ended, but the murky situation has him leaving the team for personal reasons at this time. Meanwhile, WR Preston Williams is listed as questionable. Preston is close to returning for his first action since a Lisfranc foot surgery last season. To note, the Dolphins lost DT Raekwon Davis to IR last week.

Questionable

DT Star Lotulelei

Star was absent from practice for two full weeks following the last preseason game. Listed as a ‘calf’ injury, it is unclear when he sustained the injury. After his last series during the Packers game, Star was seen on the sidelines in no apparent harm. Not even an ice wrap was applied to his sweltering body. Usually a “calf” would imply a strained muscle.

Regardless of the intricacies of Star’s injury, the healing process is at 3 weeks come this weekend. Strains usually take 2-6 weeks to recover. And the fact we didn’t see the muscle ‘pop’ on film, I’d prognosticate that this is a mild strain. Calf strains are known to be tricky and can easily aggravate, as previously noted with Jerry Hughes’ preseason calf injury.

Star was able to practice in a limited fashion for most of the week and finished Friday as a FULL participant. Based on the ambiguity of the injury, the time rested, and the ability to practice in full capacity, I believe Star plays for the Bills on Sunday.

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Prediction: ACTIVE

DE Efe Obada

Efe popped up on the injury report Friday with a ‘calf’ and was listed as a LIMITED participant in practice. Reading between the lines, I believe Efe pulled a calf in practice. If correct, look for Efe to miss this week and potentially another 1-2 weeks minimum.

Thad Brown on Twitter: “Looks like Efe Obada picked up an injury at practice. He’s questionable.Otherwise, pretty good.Davis questionable. Star questionable after a full practice. Hyde limited practice, but no question on his availability.#Bills https://t.co/rKdKYVUawJ / Twitter”

Looks like Efe Obada picked up an injury at practice. He’s questionable.Otherwise, pretty good.Davis questionable. Star questionable after a full practice. Hyde limited practice, but no question on his availability.#Bills https://t.co/rKdKYVUawJ

Prediction: INACTIVE

WR Gabriel Davis

Gabriel is listed with an ‘ankle’ and looked to sprain it on the 4th and 8 misfire late in the 3rd quarter. He hobbled off, but returned in the 4th quarter. The mechanism was very close to a high ankle sprain, so the budding star definitely dodged a bullet. Commonly, ankle sprains are lateral, which heal quickly. However, Gabriel appears to have tweaked his ankle on the medial side, which is a little slower to heal. These carry a 1-3 week recovery time. For reference, Tre White had this type of sprain last year, but returned healthy the following week. Ironically, Gabriel had a similar injury on the opposite ankle last year in the Bills-Ravens playoff game, and he was hobbled the whole AFC Championship Game. 

For practice this week, Gabriel started the week as a NON PARTICIPANT on Wednesday, but practiced in a LIMITED fashion the rest of the week. The fact he hasn’t practiced in full means his ankle is still ailing. He likely can play, but the risk of aggravation is high. Based on the underlying ailments to Isaiah McKenzie and Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel could be activated for emergency use. However, I think the Bills rest him and he returns easily next week.

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Prediction: INACTIVE

ALSO LISTED

WR Emmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel will likely be listed on the Bills injury report for most of the year with a ‘foot’ ailment. He has a long medical history of bilateral ankle and foot injuries, which was discussed in depth last week, and will need load management. For this week, Emmanuel has FULL practices sandwiched around vet rest day. He is good to go.

WR Isaiah McKenzie 

Isaiah was having trouble with an AC joint sprain entering week 1. Currently, that injury is almost 4 weeks old, which should be virtually healed. Unfortunately, he likely sprained his opposite shoulder on the opening kickoff. This was then aggravated on his next punt return from a simple fair catch. He exited, but returned quickly. I believe this was another AC joint sprain, minor this time. I think his re-injury potential is at the least moderate, but regardless, will be good to go.

S Micah Hyde

Listed as LIMITED on Thursday and Friday in practice, Micah is a little slowed by a ‘neck’ injury. It’s likely just some soreness from last week’s game, but he will be locked into the Bills lineup come Sunday.

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