For a fourth consecutive week, the Buffalo Bills will be without the services of free safety Jairus Byrd for a regular season football game.
Complicating the issue of replacing Byrd in the lineup is a hamstring injury to top cornerback Leodis McKelvin. He, too, will not play today, meaning that the Bills will be shuffling parts on the back end to accommodate the two ailments. Aaron Williams, who has played safety all season, will shift back to cornerback - as he did in New York - to start opposite Justin Rogers. At safety, Da'Norris Searcy and Jim Leonhard will start.
Prior to Sunday, four players had already been ruled out: wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks, and kicker Dustin Hopkins. Dan Carpenter will handle kicking duties once again, and fourth receiver snaps will be split between Chris Hogan and Marcus Easley.
Doug Legursky, who is now healthy after a late-preseason knee injury, is the seventh and final inactive, meaning that rookie tight end Chris Gragg will make his NFL debut today.