Week 11 Injury Report: Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
The Buffalo Bills are 6-3 after a historic collapse to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10. The only thing that could top last week’s game is six feet of snow. The Bills are now set to travel to Detroit for their “home game” against the Cleveland Browns. Outside of the environmental saga, Josh Allen is still ailing and CB Tre’Davious White is still not ready to return.
As for players on the reserve lists, G Ike Boettger (PUP list, Achilles) and WR Marquez Stevenson (IR, Foot) have been performing on field drills recently. Meanwhile, S Micah Hyde and OT Tommy Doyle are on the season-ending IR. There is no clarity on the long-term status of WR Jamison Crowder as he remains on the IR at this time.
As for the Cleveland Browns, they are very healthy, but missing their marquee QB, Deshaun Watson, who is still suspended for his egregious massage fetish. DT Perrion Winfrey and CB Greg Newsome II are out for this game. Meanwhile, TE David Njoku is listed as ‘Questionable’ but should play.
DE Gregory Rousseau
Groot suffered an ‘ankle’ sprain two weeks ago. It is a high-ankle sprain which will likely cost him multiple weeks. These usually carry around a four-week recovery. I would expect Groot back after Thanksgiving for Week 13 or 14. For context, DT Ed Oliver and WR Jake Kumerow both missed three games for the same injury this season.
LB Tremaine Edmunds
Edmunds landed on the injury list after the Bills-Packers game with a ‘heel’ injury. He played 100% of snaps that week. Edmunds is potentially dealing with a contusion/bruise on his heel. After playing in 100% of the snaps again against the Jets, he was listed with a ‘heel’ and a ‘groin’. His groin was aggravated last week against the Vikings, causing Tremaine to miss the second half. The team has shut him down completely this week, which should leave concern about missing the Turkey Day game too.
S Jordan Poyer
Poyer has been ailing all year. He suffered a reported ‘hyperextended elbow’ in camp on August 2nd. Poyer made it back for the 2022 Buffalo Bills season opener but has missed two games for a foot sprain and a pneumothorax. He, ironically, played in his first game without an elbow brace against the Packers and reinjured himself. He did not hyperextend his elbow again, but, nonetheless, appears to have suffered a moderate elbow sprain.
Poyer has missed the last two games but was able to return to practice this week in a limited fashion. He is trending in the right direction and should be able to play Sunday.
CB Kaiir Elam
Elam injured his ‘ankle’ against the Jets but returned to the game. He practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday last week but was oddly downgraded to DNP on Thursday and Friday. He was either dealing with the remnants of the injury from the game or tweaked it again in practice that Wednesday. Elam missed last week but was able to return to full practice this week. He should play on Sunday.
FB Reggie Gilliam
Gilliam appears to be the latest Buffalo Bills player to come down with an ‘illness’. The team reported these are non-Covid, so likely the flu bug is spreading. Since Gilliam became sick most recently, he is in question for this Sunday.
The other Bills players who were listed this week with ‘illness’ include DT Tim Settle, DT Jordan Phillips, LB Matt Milano, WR Isaiah McKenzie, and CB Cam Lewis. Most of them returned in one day (Settle, Milano, McKenzie), but a few took two days to recover (Phillips and Lewis).
While he might have trouble getting medication, due to the snowstorm, Gilliam will likely be fine based on the quick recovery of the other players.
QB Josh Allen
Josh Allen suffered an ‘elbow’ sprain on the third to last play of the Jets game. However, he was still able to haul a 70-yard rope to Gabe Davis two plays later. The injury is widely believed to be a UCL injury, which is the ‘Tommy John’ ligament.
This is the same injury that Allen sustained during his rookie year in 2018. The injury in 2018 caused Allen to miss four games (five week with the Buffalo Bills bye week).
Fortunately, Allen returned to the lineup last week. He appeared mostly himself physically during the Vikings game, albeit he was wearing a brace. The brace should continue for a while, possibly for three months. The team will also limit him in practice over the next few weeks, which they did this entire week. Although it might not be great for practice reps, the injury resilience of Josh Allen will allow him to lead the charge for Buffalo in the Motor City.
Placed on IR
WR Jake Kumerow
Lost in the mix against the Vikings was a re-injury to Kumerow’s ‘ankle’. Specifics are unclear, but he likely sprained his ankle again. High-ankle sprains are difficult, as Kumerow missed three games earlier this year for said injury. It is unclear if he will return to the Bills this year.
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