Week 9 Injury Report: Bills vs. Jets
The Buffalo Bills are 6-1 after a pedestrian victory over the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, the Bills suffered a handful of injuries again. In positive news, CB Tre’Davious White was activated to the 53-man roster. It appears the team is being coy on his actual return to the lineup, as his status is unknown for this weekend.
CB Xavier Rhodes was activated from the Practice Squad IR. WR Marquez Stevenson is already eligible to return from the IR, but likely needs another month to recover from foot surgery. G Ike Boettger is still on the PUP list. I believe he will need to start his 21-day practice window next week, or he will be moved to the season-ending IR. 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, but he remains on the IR too.
As for the New York Jets, they are dealing with several key injuries, especially on their offensive line. Their most notable players on IR are OT Mekhi Becton, OG Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT George Fant, OT Max Mitchell, and RB Breece Hall. Also, starting WR Corey Davis will miss Sunday’s game.
S Jordan Poyer
Poyer has been ailing all year. He suffered a reported ‘hyperextended elbow’ in camp on August 2nd. Poyer was able to make it back for the season opener but has missed two games for a foot sprain and a pneumothorax. Ironically, he played in his first game without an elbow brace against the Packers and reinjured himself. He did not hyperextend his elbow, but nonetheless appeared to suffer a moderate elbow sprain. The Tommy John ligament may be at play. Luckily, Poyer can brace and play as early as next week. He may require an operation in the off-season.
OT Spencer Brown
Brown left the Chiefs game with an ‘ankle’ injury. It appeared to be the common lateral ankle sprain, which usually requires a 1-2 week recovery. However, the mechanism of the injury was severe and required Brown to don a walking boot after the game.
He was unable to practice last week but returned in a limited fashion for all three sessions this week. He likely could play but is still a week away from being fully healed. I think he sits out Sunday.
LB Matt Milano
Milano popped up on the injury report with an ‘oblique’ injury this week. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. He returned in limited fashion on Friday. The injury was odd, as he played in 100% of the snaps last week. He likely is dealing with a minor strain. I think the Buffalo Bills roll him out on Sunday.
DE Von Miller
Miller appeared to sprain his right ‘ankle’ late in the Packers game. It was not noteworthy in the postgame, but he did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesdays are his usual vet rest days, but concerns grew when he missed Thursday. McDermott did confirm the injury occurred in the game.
Fortunately, he was able to practice in full on Friday and will play. The Jets are on their fourth and fifth Offensive Tackles, which should be a thirst trap for Buffalo Bills fans. The only scare here is that Von Miller missed the 2020 season after he having surgery to repair a dislocated peroneal tendon in this same ankle. Something to keep an eye on.
LB Tremaine Edmunds
Edmunds landed on the injury list this week with a ‘heel’ injury. He also played 100% of snaps last week, so the ailment should be minor. Edmunds is potentially dealing with a contusion/bruise on his heel. He was limited early in the week but finished Friday as a full participant and will be active. Hopefully he is not dealing with plantar fasciitis or a heel spur which can be very nagging.
RB Taiwan Jones
Jones is likely dealing with a chronic ‘knee’ ailment, possibly a cartilage issue. He played 71% of special team snaps leading up to the Chiefs game. He only played in 35% of special team snaps during that game. Last week, he went up to 59%. Hopefully this positive trend continues. He was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday this week.
CB Cam Lewis
Lewis has been listed with ‘forearm’, ‘knee’, and ‘quad’ injuries all season, the latter two even before playing in his first game. He is listed with a ‘forearm’ again this week but was a full participant the entire week. He will be available for Sunday, but the team may choose to have him inactive based on numbers.
C Mitch Morse
Morse was injured on the first series of the Titans game. He appeared to get his ‘elbow’ hyperextended as he was engaged with a defender and Knox’s helmet hit the back of his elbow. He was able to return to the game but was unable to play the following week at Miami. Morse likely has an elbow sprain in some nature, and he was able to play the past four games. Morse was able to practice in full on Thursday and Friday, which was better than last week.
Featured Image: Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports