Knock on wood: the Buffalo Bills, including center Eric Wood, have had great success this pre-season with players returning from injuries, and other players have generally stayed off the injury report, as well. The Bills emerge from their second pre-season game quite healthy.
Despite not being expected back until the third exhibition game, Wood started in the pivot and saw his first game action since tearing his ACL in November. He played ten snaps, as did right tackle Erik Pears, who is coming back from a groin injury. The other injuries on offense have kept tight ends Kevin Brock (shoulder) and Mike Caussin (ACL surgery) off the field, with Caussin on the PUP list.
Terrence McGee was questionable heading into Friday night, but did not even make the trip to Minnesota, instead staying in Buffalo to rehab his patella tendon injury. His target date has been September 9 all along, but it would be heartening if he took a few pre-season reps before taking on the New York Jets.
Along with McGee, the defense had a fair share of inactives on Friday night with, Torell Troup (back), Joshua Nesbitt (undisclosed) and Justin Rogers (hamstring) all sidelined. Kellen Heard played through his ankle injury and was credited with an assisted tackle.