The Buffalo Bills (4-2) escaped Sunday with a thrilling, 30-27 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Era Field. On Monday, first-year head coach Sean McDermott must have felt a sense of relief when he provided updates on two members of Buffalo’s banged-up secondary.
The Bills lost starting cornerback E.J. Gaines to a hamstring injury early in the third quarter of the game. Gaines, acquired from the Los Angeles Rams in the Sammy Watkins trade, has missed at least one play in every game this season due to injury, including the entire game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a groin injury.
Safety Jordan Poyer, who has shown himself to be one of the team’s best free agency signings, injured his knee on the final play of the game as the Buccaneers were attempting one final desperation play. Poyer walked off the field with Bills trainers.
McDermott told the media Monday that both Gaines and Poyer were “day-to-day” with their injuries. Poyer’s injury in particular could have been much worse, as Poyer told members of the media he “heard a pop” after hurting his knee on the last play.
With Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and the potent Oakland Raiders (3-4) passing game coming to Orchard Park on Sunday, McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier are hoping Poyer and Gaines are able to return to action.