When the Buffalo Bills take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, they will be down at least two starters for sure. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews and linebacker Ramon Humber will each miss at least a month with thumb injuries. Veteran Andre Holmes will step in for Matthews, and rookie Matt Milano will take most of Humber’s reps on defense.
Head coach Sean McDermott discussed some other injuries at his press briefing on Wednesday, saying that cornerback E.J. Gaines (groin) and defensive end Shaq Lawson would each be limited in practice. Lawson missed last week’s victory over the Atlanta Falcons with a nerve issue in his foot, while Gaines left the game prior to its conclusion when he injured his groin.
McDermott mentioned that safety Micah Hyde is day-to-day with a knee issue and some general soreness; there seemed to be little concern regarding Hyde’s status, however. Charles Clay missed Wednesday’s practice due to a death in the family. According to Sal Capaccio, left tackle Cordy Glenn was in uniform and doing individual work at practice, but when the team lined up for group offensive line drills, Dion Dawkins was the first-team left tackle. Glenn stood behind the group during those drills and watched.
As for the Bengals, tight end Tyler Eifert and rookie wide receiver John Ross both missed practice. Eifert has a back injury, and Ross is dealing with a knee issue. Ian Rapoport speculates that their missing practice does not bode well for their availability on Sunday, although Marvin Lewis gave the standard “we’ll see” when asked about Eifert’s availability specifically.