It's only Wednesday, but the Buffalo Bills have already made the decision that rookie wide receiver Robert Woods won't be playing in Sunday's home game against the New York Jets.
Woods injured his ankle in the Bills' Week 9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, then sat out Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers after missing all three practices during the work week. After he sat out of today's session, head coach Doug Marrone confirmed to reporters that the second-round pick would be missing his second straight start.
Complicating the issue at receiver is the fact that Stevie Johnson, who is nursing a groin ailment for what feels like the hundredth time in his relatively short career, also missed practice on Wednesday. Marrone said on Monday that he expected Johnson to practice on a limited basis today; his status for Sunday remains in doubt, particularly if he can't get back onto the practice field on Thursday.
With Woods and Johnson both out of the lineup late in the Steelers game, the Bills lined up T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin and a combination of Marcus Easley and Chris Hogan at receiver. If Johnson can't play, they'll be extremely thin at that position - particularly with options in the slot.
Woods caught just two passes for 35 yards in the Bills' Week 3 loss to the Jets, but Johnson was a key player in that game, hauling in six passes for 86 yards and a game-tying two-point conversion in the second half.