Stretching your mind, thighs, and souls … Here is your Week 8 Injury Report for the Bills Patriots game at 1 pm.
LB Matt Milano: Milano has had a pair of soft tissue injuries this year: hamstring and pec strains. He was able to bounce back and only miss one game for the former and two missed games for the latter. However, when Milano returned to action after his hamstring strain vs the Rams in week 3, he was able to play a 100% snap count. Returning from the pec strain last week, Milano only played a 33% snap count. He was listed as ‘limited’ all week in practice, same as the week prior, so I expect Milano to play again and at an increased snap count (~67%). Remember, pec strains usually take 4-6 weeks to fully recover, so he should be on the mend to getting back to previous form over the next week or two.
LB Vernon Butler: Butler landed on the injury report this week for a ‘groin’ after he matched his season-high 49% of snaps. This is most likely a groin strain and would last 2-6 weeks. Listed ‘limited’ on Wednesday, Butler finished with back to back DNP during the practice week. Odds are it is a grade 1 strain and should resolve in 2-3 weeks. I’d expect Butler to sit this contest out and return next week.
DE Jerry Hughes: Playing in his usual capacity, 63% of snaps last week, Jerry finished the game strong with a game-clinching INT. He also was nominated for AFC DPOW. Coming off his most productive game this season, Jerry is on the injury report with a ‘foot’ injury. He was able to ramp up from DNP to Full participation throughout the practice week. I hold no reservations and expect Jerry to suit up for his 140th consecutive game.
S Micah Hyde: Micah finished last week’s game but landed on the injury report for a ‘concussion’. This was most likely postgame symptoms and were generated from his explosive hit on Breshad Perriman with about two minutes left in the 4th quarter. Micah was DNP all week, and although he may be ramping up physical activity on the sidelines at practice, I don’t think they rush him back this week. Similar timeline to Dawson Knox concussion earlier this year, expect Micah practicing in full next week.
DT Quinton Jefferson: Q landed on the injury report for a ‘knee’ ailment this week. No sign of injury on the field during the game, Q played 54% of snaps. Interesting to note; Q averaged 64% of snaps weeks 1-3. Leading up to Week 4, he was listed with a ‘foot’ injury and has only averaged 56% of snaps since. Regardless, Q finished the week as a Full participant and I expect him to play, maybe a contusion, mild sprain, or a flare-up of a chronic knee issue. Now with a pair of ailments, we may see his snap count dip <50%.
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 at the end of the week. I expect him to play as well.
G Cody Ford: Cody got rolled up on in the Chiefs’ game at the start of the 4th quarter. He actually stayed on the field for the subsequent play, but you can see his knee give out again. He missed last week and then was DNP all this week. The injury looks like a textbook MCL sprain. Fortunately, the MCL heals quickly compared to other knee sprains. He will likely be able to return next week, but keep an eye on practice acclimation.
CB Josh Norman: Norman re-injured his hamstring during practice leading up to last week’s game. We are probably looking at a couple weeks here, 1-2 more weeks, which will be fine as long as Levi Wallace has returned from the IR.
Added to IR:
CB Cam Lewis: Cam suited up last week and donned a club on his hand. He played 0% of the snaps, though, and was there for an emergency. With the return of Levi Wallace from IR, he is now going to the IR himself to rest his injury. Most likely a small fracture in wrist/hand, Cam should take another 3-7 weeks to fully heal.
QB Josh Allen: Allen is listed on the injury 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.
WR John Brown: John Brown has been nagged by several ailments this season, which include foot, calf, and knee. He was a Full participant all week, which is one of the best practice weeks for him all year. He missed last week, and 2/3 games total. Normally, a >90% snap count player, we will see if John is fully returned to form this week.
TE Dawson Knox: Dawson tested positive for COVID on Saturday, 10/24/20. He was placed on the COVID-IR List. Several teammates were also placed on the COVID-IR list but have not tested positive yet, which included TE Sweeney (already on the PUP list), TE Smith, and TE Becker (practice squad). TE Lee Smith was activated from this list on Saturday, so it appears the spread of the virus was mitigated well.
Activated from IR
G Jon Feliciano: Jon had a pectoral surgery right as camp started. Although, in my opinion, it is odd to show up to camp with a torn pectoral muscle, Jon was probably doing his best to train hard for the season and it was an unfortunate consequence. At this time he is 13+ weeks post-surgery. He was seen in a harness in practice, and he most likely is still weak in that arm. Usually, it takes about 5+ months to fully return to peak condition. I wouldn’t expect Feliciano to play right away. The best route would be to ease him back into the lineup until after the BYE week.
LB Del’Shawn Phillips: Phillips returned from the IR for a ‘quad’ strain. If we remember, he was a FULL participant in practice all week and then landed on the IR prior to the Titans’ game. If he is active on the gameday roster this week, Del’Shawn should boost the special teams’ units.