Benjamin, who tore the meniscus in his right knee in the first quarter of the 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 19, told the media earlier in the week that he didn’t think he’d be healthy enough to play vs. the Patriots. During a media session Friday, McDermott confirmed that Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo offense will be without the services of Benjamin when the Patriots come to New Era Field for a 1 p.m. game Sunday.
Benjamin has not participated fully in practice since suffering the injury. Benjamin is listed as day-to-day with the knee injury.
Buffalo also ruled out left tackle Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle), backup guard John Miller (ankle), and fullback/running back Mike Tolbert (hamstring) for the Patriots game.
McDermott also issued the questionable designation for the following players: fullback Patrick DiMarco (ankle), offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (illness), tight end Nick O’Leary (back), and defensive end Eddie Yarbrough (chest).
Running back LeSean McCoy, who will sit out Friday’s practice due to a sore knee, will not be listed on the Bills’ final injury report, an indication that McDermott believes Shady will suit up for the Patriots game.
"It does not look like he will miss [Sunday's game] at this point," McDermott told the media Friday "It looks good that he will play."