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Sammy Watkins, Cordy Glenn highlight Thursday’s injury report

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The Bills have a sizable injury report this week, but two key players could be back for Sunday’s tilt at New England.

After two practice sessions, we have a bit of clarity regarding the injury status of some key Bills players, including two (expected) major contributors to the offense:

Glenn was among the handful of players who were limited participants, a group that included tight end Charles Clay. Glenn, who has missed most of the season after aggravating an ankle injury in the first half of the season opener at Baltimore, could be primed to return to the lineup this week against the Patriots. His replacement, Cyrus Kouandjio, suffered his own ankle injury late in the win over the Cardinals and has yet to practice this week. Kouandjio’s absence makes it much more likely that Glenn will at least dress against New England, although they may try to take it slow to avoid any further damage to the ankle.

Clay, who has been noticeably absent from the Bills’ offense for much of 2016, has been dealing with a knee injury for a few weeks now. He was held out of practice yesterday, but came back on a limited basis today. Clay played in 83% of the team’s offensive snaps against Arizona, but was held without a catch. Nick O’Leary, on the other hand, caught a 28-yard pass on one of his 14 plays. Clay does offer better blocking skills than most top tight ends, but at some point his lack of production in the passing game needs to be addressed. Hopefully, his knee won’t prevent him being more involved in the game plan against the Patriots.

On the other side of the report, both Watkins and Greg Salas were among the players who didn’t practice today. The condition of Watkins’ foot is anyone’s best guess at this point, but even having him on the field forces defenses to account for him, so even if he’s only involved with the offense on a limited basis, it’s better than nothing. Salas, who missed last weekend’s win with a groin injury, was on the field yesterday but absent today. Walter Powell saw his first significant action with the offense in Salas’ absence, and figures to continue to fill the depth wideout role until Salas is ready to go.

On the defensive side, both Ronald Darby and Aaron Williams were limited participants both yesterday and today. Darby missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, but should be good to go this week. Williams had an injury scare during the game on Sunday, but played in 82% of Buffalo’s defensive snaps, and also contributed a memorable highlight on special teams. He should play, but the team has plenty of depth at his position if he can’t go, although fellow safety Jonathan Meeks missed practice today with a foot injury after participating on Wednesday.

Here’s the complete rundown of the team’s injuries on Thursday:

Limited Practice

S Colt Anderson (foot)

TE Charles Clay (knee)

CB Ronald Darby (hamstring)

OT Cordy Glenn (ankle)

QB Cardale Jones (throwing shoulder)

S Aaron Williams (ankle)

Did Not Practice

OT Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle)

C Patrick Lewis (knee)

S Jonathan Meeks (foot)

WR Greg Salas (groin)

WR Sammy Watkins (foot)