The Buffalo Bills are 12-3 and on a six-game winning streak. We will enter 2023 with a bang, as the Bills play on MNF with the AFC top-seed on the line. The Bengals have been sounding off all week with confidence, but as they say, “out with the old, in with the new”.
Bills DE Von Miller, WRs Jake Kumerow and Jamison Crowder, OT Tommy Doyle, and S Micah Hyde remain on the IR. However, standout rookie CB Christian Benford was activated from the IR this week and may be able to play in his first game since sustaining an oblique injury.
As for the Cincinnati Bengals, they have been very healthy this year. CB Chidobe Awuzie and OT La’el Collins are on the IR. Meanwhile, DE Sam Hubbard is listed as questionable.
S Jordan Poyer
Poyer was listed with a ‘knee’ injury the past two weeks. It is unknown what he is dealing with, but it was reported that he banged it up during the Dolphins game. He went ‘DNP-DNP-Full’ in practice last week, and ultimately played 92% snaps against the Bears. This week he went ‘DNP-DNP-Limited’. This is a little alarming, but ultimately, I think Poyer plays in this marquee matchup.
C Mitch Morse
Morse left the Dolphins game early in the third quarter with a ‘concussion’. This is troublesome, as Morse has had several documented concussions throughout his career with the Chiefs and the Bills. He went DNP all last week and missed the Bears game. Fortunately, Morse passed the protocol, was a full participant this entire week, and will play.
DE Boogie Basham
Boogie exited the Dolphins game with a ‘calf’ injury in the second half. The average return to play in NFL is 17.4 days (1). Fortunately, Boogie is a quick healer and will play after practicing this week (‘Limited-Limited-Full’). Beware of a re-aggravation with this quick of a return.
DT Jordan Phillips
Phillips suffered his ‘shoulder’ injury late in Patriots game. He fell on an outstretched arm when pursuing Mac Jones. Phillips’ injury caused him to miss the following two weeks. In my opinion, Phillips appeared to suffer a dislocation/labral tear. The average return to play is three weeks (2). He was able to return to action this past week against the Bears, but only at a 24% snap share. This is about half of his usual rate.
LB Matt Milano
Milano was a surprise addition to the injury report with a ‘knee’ injury three weeks ago. It was odd, as he played a 100% snap share against Patriots, Jets, and Dolphins (Weeks 13-15), even after going ‘DNP-DNP-Limited’ in practice Weeks 14 and 15. He went ‘Limited-Limited-Full’ in practice prior to the Bears game and continues to play all starter snaps. In my opinion, he likely has a minor meniscal tear or sprain. He has been wearing a hinged knee brace, which would confirm this hypothesis.
QB Josh Allen
Josh Allen suffered an ‘elbow’ sprain on the third to last play of the Jets game. He didn’t miss a single game. Furthermore, he has been a full participant in practice four out of the past five weeks. (He logged one ‘limited’ session last week.) Josh Allen is fine and this is yet another example of his injury resilience.
TE Dawson Knox
Knox looked like he rocked his hip on the first play of the Bears game. He was able to re-enter the game, however he was limited in practice this week. He is likely dealing with a mild hip contusion/pointer.
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