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Buffalo Bills Injury Primer: Week 3

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Coming off a convincing win in South Beach, the Bills host the WFT in week 3. It appears the Buffalo Bills are remarkably healthy right now, minus Josh Allen’s mental health. It’s time to circle his mojo, and start dialing it up like it’s 2020.

For the WFT, they have one ‘questionable’ player. Their stud DT Matt Ioannidis missed two practices this week with a ‘knee’ injury. He is unlikely to play. Also to note, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and WR Curtis Samuel are on the IR. 

Questionable

CB Dane Jackson

Dane saw 70% of the snaps in week 2 after Levi Wallace went down with cramping. While he did not suffer an apparent injury during the game, he is listed with a ‘knee’. Tough to speculate, as it can be anything from a bad bruise to a tendonitis. Dane was able to practice in FULL on Friday, which bodes well for the game Sunday.

Prediction: ACTIVE

CB Levi Wallace

Levi saw 40% of the snaps in week 2 and did not return after leaving for cramps. Interestingly, he popped up on the injury report for a ‘knee’ this week. McDermott called this an ‘irritation’ thing, which sounds like patellar tendonitis to me. Levi went from FULL to LIMITED to FULL throughout the practice week. The downgrade in the middle of the week raised some eyebrows, but McDermott did not sound concerned when he touched on his status on Friday. Levi should play for the Bills on Sunday.

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Prediction: ACTIVE

ALSO LISTED

DT Star Lotulelei

As per McDermott, Star felt his ‘groin’ injury during warmups before the Dolphins’ game. He was able to play 46% of the snaps, which is right at his average from 2019. I would assume this was a miniscule twinge that was very sore after the game. Throughout the week, Star went from DNP to LIMITED to FULL. He is set to play on Sunday.

At this time, Star is on his second soft tissue injury since his return from opting-out in 2020. BF’s Erich Schmidt forecasted these risks for Star as he returns to action after a missed season.

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WR Gabriel Davis

Gabriel injured his ‘ankle’ in the Steelers’ game. He never practiced fully, yet was still active for the Dolphins’ game. His snap count dropped from 51% to 32%, and he did not see any targets in week 2. He appears to be dealing with a medial ankle sprain, which are a little slower to heal than the more common lateral ankle sprain.

For practice this week, Gabriel started the week as LIMITED, but practiced in a FULL at the end of the week. Footage of him in practice continues to show him hobbled by that ankle injury. He is going to play, but I don’t see him thrust much more into the gameplan until he is displaying improved movement skills. 

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DE Efe Obada

Efe popped was listed with a ‘calf’ injury at the end of last week, and ended up missing the game. McDermott said it was an injury AND a numbers thing. This meant the injury was also very minor, basically in the realm of how Star tweaked his groin a little bit in warmups last week and still played. Efe was a FULL participant all week, which means he is good to go again. Will be interesting to see if he is inactive again or not, which would speak to the numbers more than injury. 

S Micah Hyde

Micah was listed first listed with his ‘neck’ injury last week, which left him LIMITED during practices. For this week, he continued on a LIMITED basis, but practiced in FULL on Friday. Micah is likely dealing with some soreness in his neck musculature. It’s something to monitor, but I don’t see it limiting his play at this time.

Miscellaneous

Several Bills players were listed on the injury report this week for various reasons, but should not affect their play. Vet rest days were spread out for players including: DE Mario Addison, WR Cole Beasley, WR Stefon Diggs, DE Jerry Hughes, and WR Emmanuel Sanders.

MLB Tremaine Edwards was listed with ‘heat illness’. NFL rules required he be listed because he left last week’s game and didn’t return.

Important to note, S Siran Neal was listed with a missed day for ‘personal’ on Friday. If he is still dealing with his personal issue, he may have to miss the game.

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