Week 14 Injury Report: Buffalo Bills vs. New Jersey Jets
The Buffalo Bills are 9-3 after winning three games in 12 days. Unfortunately, the Bills just can’t have nice things this year, as the story of the week was Von Miller’s ACL surgery. Look for Von to return around October/November of 2023.
Von Miller joins CB Christian Bendford, WR Jake Kumerow, WR Jamison Crowder, OT Tommy Doyle, and S Micah Hyde on the IR. G Ike Boettger (Achilles) remains on the PUP list. Meanwhile, WR Marquez Stevenson (Foot) was activated from the IR, cut, and placed on the practice squad.
As for the NY Jets, they have plenty of key injuries. RB Breece Hall, OT Mekhi Becton, OG Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, and OT Max Mitchell (NFI-R) are all on the IR. The only Jet listed as ’Questionable’ is DE Micheal Clemons, who did not practice all week with an illness.
DT Jordan Phillips
Phillips suffered his ‘shoulder’ injury late in Patriots game. He fell on an outstretched arm when pursuing Mac Jones. Phillips did not practice all week. In my opinion, Phillips appeared to suffer a dislocation. The average return to play is three weeks (1). Phillips will wear a harness moving forward and will be susceptible to future subluxations/dislocations. There should be optimism he can return next week against the Dolphins.
FB Reggie Gilliam
Gilliam exited the Patriots game with an ‘ankle’ injury, when he got rolled up on during the second half’s opening kick return. The mechanism of injury looked like the high ankle type. These can range from 2-6 week of recovery. Without being placed on the IR, look for Gilliam to miss around three games.
OT Dion Dawkins
Dion sustained an ‘ankle’ sprain late in the first half against the Lions on Thanksgiving. He never returned and missed the Patriots game last week. This has been confirmed as a high ankle sprain.
Fortunately, Dion is progressing very fast. He was able to practice all week, finishing as a full participant on Friday. This Sunday will mark 2.5 weeks post-injury. It is rare to come back this quick, but not unheard of. The Bills’ 2022 Walter Payton Man of the Year will likely be back protecting Allen’s blindside on Sunday.
LB Matt Milano
Milano was a surprise addition to the Buffalo Bills injury report with a ‘knee’ injury this week. It is odd, as he played a 100% snap share last week. McDermott mentioned he did suffer the injury early in the Patriots game. In my opinion, he likely has a minor meniscal tear. After missing two days of practice, he was able to return in a limited fashion on Friday. I’m sure the team would like to be conservative, but due to the late divisional game, I expect Milano to play.
QB Josh Allen
Josh Allen suffered an ‘elbow’ sprain on the third to last play of the Jets game. However, Allen returned to the lineup without missing any time. While Allen will have to deal with the lingering effects of this injury, he has stacked back-to-back weeks of full participation. This indicates that he is on the mend. The Buffalo Bills dodged a bullet with this one, and it is just another example of the injury resilience of Josh Allen.
OL David Quessenberry
Quessenberry has been dinged up all month dealing with ankle and groin injuries over the past few weeks. This most recent game against the Patriots, he was rolled up on multiple times and hobbled throughout the game. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday for his ‘ankle’, but a full participant on Friday.
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