The Bills are facing a short turnaround to their game on Thursday night against the New York Jets, and it might cost them a few players they otherwise might have had.
Buffalo Bills insider Chris Brown posted a simulated injury report to the Bills website last night, and it contained a few names that are worth monitoring. The most obvious is Sammy Watkins, whose on-again, off-again foot injury seem unlikely to keep him out of the game but may limit his production moving forward. Watkins would not have practiced had it been a full session.
The two players who left Sunday’s game against the Ravens wouldn’t have practiced, either. There isn’t an update yet on Cordy Glenn’s ankle injury, but if he does have to miss the game it’s comforting to know that Cyrus Kouandjio put in a solid relief performance and seems to be on track to becoming a productive offensive lineman, if not a potential starter on the right side. Jerel Worthy left the game late with a knee injury, but seems confident that he’ll be able to play against the Jets.
Notably, two of the Bills’ three tight ends wouldn’t have practiced yesterday. Charles Clay (knee) and Jim Dray (ankle) both finished the game against the Ravens, but earned mention from Rex for their respective injuries. If neither of them can play Thursday, Nick O’Leary will be the team’s only healthy tight end. With the recent release of Glenn Gronkowski, their ability to stack big bodies on the line might be limited, unless they call on Ryan Groy for some more tackle-eligible formations or split out the newly-resigned Jerome Felton.
The other player who wouldn’t have practiced yesterday is safety Colt Anderson (foot), who missed the game against the Ravens. Rookies Kevon Seymour and Cardale Jones would have been limited participants, and it seems that Seymour should be good to make his NFL debut on Thursday night. Anderson and Jones are both likely scratches regardless of their health, although Duke Williams’ gaffe on Sunday might give the coaching staff reason to consider giving Anderson a shot on defense.