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Buffalo Bills injuries: Jonathan Williams, Tanner Vallejo leave preseason opener

LeSean McCoy didn’t play.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills were luckily able to avoid any major injuries during their preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. With the team playing it safe on the inactive list, it is good news all around.

Tyrod Taylor left the game after the first drive, was checked out in the injury tent, and returned for the next possession.

Backup running back Jonathan Williams got the start at running back as LeSean McCoy dressed but didn’t take a snap. Williams left the game early with a hamstring injury but we didn’t hear about it until after the game at coach Sean McDermott’s press conference. Williams called it “very minor” after the game.

The other injury was to backup linebacker Tanner Vallejo. He left the game and didn’t return with a shoulder injury after walking off with trainers.

Inactive for the game was tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle) and defensive end Shaq Lawson (groin), though those were considered precautionary more than necessary absences. Anquan Boldin was inactive after just one practice in training camp.

Receiver Jeremy Butler and defensive end Ryan Davis are still working through concussions suffered in the last week, while cornerback Kevon Seymour is in a walking boot until practice this Sunday.