Welcome to the Week 10 Buffalo Bills vs Arizona Cardinals injury report and game day predictions!
Stretching your mind, thighs, and souls …
G Cody Ford: After missing the previous two games for a knee injury (MCL sprain), Cody suffered an ‘ankle’ injury on Buffalo’s second scoring drive against the Seahawks. He appeared to either roll his ankle during his kick step or when Zack Moss collided with him. Regardless, Cody never returned to action. He was DNP and then limited on Thursday and Friday. Cody has now been dealing with shoulder, knee, groin, and now ankle injuries this season. Most common ankle sprains are fairly easy to return from, but this is on the same leg as his MCL sprain. It might be a little tricky, but I expect Cody to still be able to suit up.
S Micah Hyde: Micah returned to action vs. the Seahawks after missing the previous week for a concussion. He had no ill effects and played 100% of the snaps. However, he tweaked his ankle in practice on Thursday and DNP on Friday. Obviously, a new sprain, even if mild, would still require a day or two of rest. Therefore, the DNP on Friday is not shocking. Playing three days after the injury is early, but with Marlowe hitting the COVID list and a Bye week on the horizon, I see Micah taped up and playing.
RB Taiwan Jones: Taiwan pulled his hamstring in the New England game. He was DNP the past two weeks of practice and will be out again. Taiwan should return after the Bye week, as he was never placed on IR.
CB Josh Norman: Josh is having a difficult season. He has had two hamstring injuries, which had only allowed him to suit up for weeks 4-6. He was set to play this week but tested positive for COVID on Saturday 11/14/20. If all goes well, he can return after the bye week. However, his close contact caused several other players to land on the COVID list including TE Tyler Kroft, S Dean Marlowe, and CB Levi Wallace.
ADDED TO IR
LB Del’Shawn Phillips: Not clear if Del’Shawn injured himself in the Seahawks game, which was his first return to action since Week 1. After the game, he returned to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday but then landed on the IR. This will end his season, as the second stint on IR is for the year. Quad injuries are no joke … sounds like he needs a thigh doctor!
CB Tre’Davious White: Tre rolled his ankle at the end of the Seahawks’ game and did not return. Although it appears to be a medial ankle sprain, which usually takes a longer time to return to action, Tre is clear to play this Sunday. He was able to ramp up from a DNP on Wednesday to full participation on Friday.
C Mitch Morse: Mitch suffered a concussion early in the Patriots’ game. He was out last week but was cleared from concussion protocol and practiced in full this week. He is set to return to action, which is fantastic, as there was significant concern he would return quickly as this was his 5th documented concussion since entering the NFL.
G Brian Winters: Winters is still having limitations from a knee injury sustained in Week 4. Again, a potential contusion or mild sprain, Brian was able to practice in Full again at the end of the week.
DE Jerry Hughes: Tying his highest snap count for 2020, 68%, Jerry continues to be producing well. He has been cleared to play, but obviously dealing with some foot soreness on a week to week basis.
QB Josh Allen: Allen is still listed on the report for his ‘shoulder’. It was sustained in Week 4, but he never missed a play. I still believe it is an AC joint sprain. The injury is to his non-throwing shoulder and should be close to fully healed at this time. To note, he was using taping instead of a brace during the Seahawks’ game, so the injury appears close to fully recovered.
WR John Brown: Brown has been nagged by several ailments this season, which include foot, calf, and knee. After missing 2/3 games, Brown has returned to action and played 80% of snaps over the past two weeks. He is normally a > 90% snap count player, so he may still be limited.
G Jon Feliciano: Jon was not given much time to acclimate to NFL action since his return from the IR. He has played 100% of snap counts over the past two games. He is listed with a ‘back’ and it was probably just very sore. He was limited for the first two days of practice but was a full participantt on Friday.
RB TJ Yeldon: TJ mysteriously landed on the injury report with a ‘back’ injury last week. He DNP all week but has returned to full participation for this entire week. He is cleared to play but may still be inactive. He has only played during weeks 3-5 when Zack Moss was out.