The Buffalo Bills (7-6) kept their playoff hopes alive thanks to Sunday’s 13-7 overtime triumph over the Indianapolis Colts (3-10) in a game played in a lake-effect snowstorm.
Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, acquired from the Carolina Panthers prior to the NFL trade deadline, hauled in the first receiving touchdown of his Bills career late in the first half to give the Bills a 7-0 lead.
Making his first appearance since suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee Nov. 19 vs. the Los Angeles Chargers, Benjamin finished with three catches for 38 yards and the touchdown. The bad news? Benjamin exited the game in the fourth quarter after re-aggravating the knee injury, the second time he aggravated his aching right knee in the snow game.
During Monday’s media session, first-year head coach Sean McDermott told reporters it was “too early to tell” if Benjamin would be able to play when the Bills host the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. Sunday at New Era Field. McDermott told the media that Benjamin continues to be evaluated.
If Benjamin were unable to go, look for Zay Jones, Deonte Thompson, and Andre Holmes to pick up the receiving slack.
In other injury news, McDermott said that rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman remains in the league’s concussion protocol following a hit to the head in the third quarter. Peterman left the game and was replaced by veteran Joe Webb.
Tyrod Taylor, who was inactive for Sunday’s game, remains day-to-day with his knee injury. McDermott reiterated that if both Peterman and Taylor are healthy, Taylor will serve as Buffalo’s quarterback.
Cornerback Leonard Johnson (knee), who was given a questionable designation for the Week 14 game vs. the Colts, was “close” to playing yesterday, McDermott said Monday. He is considered day-to-day as well.