The Buffalo Bills have concluded their three days of practice this week, and have ruled three players out for Sunday's home finale against the Miami Dolphins: quarterback EJ Manuel, wide receiver Stevie Johnson and safety Aaron Williams.
You already knew about Manuel's absence; Thad Lewis will make his fourth start of the season for the Bills, having helped Buffalo beat Miami on the road earlier this season. Johnson, of course, has been excused from the team this week as he mourns the death of his mother. Robert Woods, T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin will see healthy doses of playing time on Sunday.
For most of this week, Bills head coach Doug Marrone had called Williams a 50-50 proposition for this game, even noting that the third-year defensive back could wind up being a game-time decision as recently as Friday morning. Things must not have progressed well for Williams, who is dealing with a rib injury, and he won't play. Da'Norris Searcy will start in his place, and we'll likely see doses of Jim Leonhard, as well.
In more interesting (and less depressing) news, it's looking like veteran tight end Tony Moeaki will be making his Bills debut on Sunday:
TE Tony Moeaki will be active Sunday vs. Dolphins, Marrone says— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) December 20, 2013