The Buffalo Bills are back on the practice field today as they begin preparations for their Week 16 showdown with the Miami Dolphins. Three players are not on the field with their teammates, according to reporters on hand.
Stevie Johnson, Fred Jackson and Aaron Williams are not practicing today. #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) December 18, 2013
Stevie Johnson, of course, is not with the team at the moment as he and his family mourn the sudden loss of his mother. Bills head coach Doug Marrone indicated earlier this week that Johnson may be held out of Sunday's game due to the tragedy, depending on when and how Johnson returns to the team.
Aaron Williams left last week's win over Jacksonville early with injured ribs. Marrone had said earlier this week that Williams would be re-evaluated prior to practice today; clearly, he's not well enough to be on the field yet. His is an injury to monitor over the next 48 hours, with Da'Norris Searcy slated for starting duties if Williams can't play.
As for running back Fred Jackson, it's not clear what injury, if any, he's dealing with. He played the entirety of the Jacksonville game, and may very well just be getting a rest day. We'll know more after practice.
Meanwhile, two players that were injured in Jacksonville are on the field today: quarterback EJ Manuel and defensive lineman Marcell Dareus. Manuel was expected to be fine all along, but Dareus tweaked an ankle last week, and it wasn't clear how severe the injury was. Clearly, it isn't so severe that he couldn't practice today, so he'll likely be good to go against Miami.