The Buffalo Bills have lost three out of the last five. Questions are predominately circling our wagons. Health is a concern, but key players appear to be on the mend. Will they be ready in time? There is no better day for the Bills to rectify their course than on, Gobble Gobble, Thanksgiving.
The Saints are entering this matchup like a breastless Thanksgiving turkey. Their IR list includes QB Jameis Winston, WR Michael Thomas, OG Andrus Peat, K Will Lutz, DE Payton Turner, DB Chauncy Gardner-Johnson, TE Adam Trautman, and OL Landon Young.
As of Tuesday night, several key players also appear to be sitting out. The headliners include RB Alvin Kamara, T Ryan Ramczyk, DE Marcus Davenport, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, and RB Mark Ingram. However, QB Taysom Hill appears to be healthy for the first time since the beginning of the season. Also, OT Terron Armstead appears equipped to play Thursday night.
LB Tremaine Edmunds
Tremaine was a surprise listing to the Bills injury report two weeks ago. He was able to play 100% of the snaps against Jacksonville. However, he did not participate in practice for almost two weeks. Listed with a ‘hamstring’, Tremaine first returned to practice in a limited fashion on the Friday before the Colts game. He was a full participant this entire week and will be ready to play.
WR Cole Beasley
Beasley was injured in the Dolphins game four weeks ago. His snap counts have gone 67%, 16%, and 57% over the past three weeks. He continues to be limited in practice, but he will still be play for the Bills this Thursday. Due to the longevity of the injury here, Cole might have actually cracked his ribs. These usually take about 4-6 weeks to get comfortable. The short rest is a factor here, but he should be close to fully healed.
WR Marquez Stevenson
This week, the Buffalo Bills opened the 21-day window to activate Stevenson. If he is not activated in the next 21 days, he will return to the IR for the rest of the season. Surprisingly, Stevenson has been on the IR this season with a head injury. He had a foot injury in the second preseason game, but returned for the third, only to sustain a concussion.
The timing is interesting. Is the team looking for a spark on offense? Beasley insurance? Or is he about to take over kick return duties?
OG Jon Feliciano
Feliciano was placed on the IR three weeks ago. He is technically eligible to return this week, but has yet to return to practice. Reports sound as if he is not quite ready.
Unvaccinated players are out a minimum of 10 days, while vaccinated players can return as soon as they have two negative tests 24 hours apart.
- DT Star Lotulelei, placed on list November 14th
- OT Spencer Brown, placed on list November 18th
As of this point, both Bills players remain on the COVID list.