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Week 18 Injury Report: Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

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Here we are with our Buffalo Bills entering Week 18, nearing completion of their wagon circling of the 2021 season. With the AFC East on the line during the 4pm slate, we have the New Jersey Jets in town for the finale. The Bills are entering this showdown with superb health. The COVID list is clean, and the injury list is short.

The Jets enter this matchup down a few engines with no Captain Sully to land them in Lake Erie. The Jersey boys have a plethora of talent on the IR and will miss this game. Key players include WR Braxton Berrios, OT George Fant, MLB Jarrad Davis, LB Blake Cashman, WR Elijah Moore, C Connor McGovern, OT Mekhi Becton, WR Corey Davis, FS Marcus Maye, FS Lamarcus Joyner, and DE Carl Lawson.

OUT

DE Efe Obada

Obada has been listed with an ‘ankle’ and DNP the entire week. Nothing was notable in the last game, in which he had a 21% snap share. This was a steep drop from a 36% snap share the previous week. That 21% is about 13% lower than his season average when active. He may have had an aggravation of an old injury, which was discussed when he missed Week 4.

Doubtful

WR Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders sprained his knee on Josh Allen’s lone INT of the Bucs game. He was designated as week-to-week. Sanders came back after only missing one game and played 82% of the snaps against the Patriots. It seemed very fast for the initial prognosis. However, the Buffalo Bills have shut him down the past two weeks. Could he be done for the season, or is the team just resting him for the playoffs? The other big question is, if he does come back, does he take away snaps from Gabriel Davis. 

Prediction: OUT

Also Listed

DT Ed Oliver

Ed played a season-high 67% snap count Week 16. There was no discussion about his injury postgame, but he was listed last week with an ‘ankle’ injury. He inevitably played against the Falcons, at a tune of 60% of the snaps. This week, he was listed with the same ailment, but carries no game time designation. That at least means he is improving, but the injury is unknown. He is likely dealing with a mild sprain or tendonitis.

OL Ryan Bates

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The man they call Rick has been an integral piece to the OL resurgence the past two weeks. He unfortunately suffered a ‘knee’ injury last week against the Falcons. The injury happened late in the game and he didn’t return. He had his leg rolled upon in a pile up, which likely caused a mild MCL sprain of the knee. Bates was limited in practice early in the week, but he will be full go on Sunday.

Thigh Doctor on Twitter: “Ryan Bates injury, in order of likelihood:1) MCL 2) high ankle sprain 3) patella subluxation 4) Patellar/quad tendon strain McDermott mum after game. Likely nothing major, maybe 1-2 week, but 👀 @BfloFanatics #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/F1qwVmtMmf / Twitter”

Ryan Bates injury, in order of likelihood:1) MCL 2) high ankle sprain 3) patella subluxation 4) Patellar/quad tendon strain McDermott mum after game. Likely nothing major, maybe 1-2 week, but 👀 @BfloFanatics #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/F1qwVmtMmf

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2 Comments

  1. Mark Pundurs

    January 8, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    What’s with the weird use of quotation marks around injured body parts?

    • Anonymous

      January 9, 2022 at 9:56 am

      it signifies what body part the team listed them as hurt in their official report

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