The Buffalo Bills completed their final preseason game and only had two players suffer injuries. However, some players were held out Thursday night who could have needed that playing time to prove to the coaches and front office that they deserve a spot on the final 53.
Offensive tackle Michael Ola left the game early in the first quarter with an ankle injury. He was spotted leaving the locker room in a walking boot according to Matthew Fairburn. A walking boot can mean a whole lot of different things, but it usually means he’ll be out at least a week. Ola was iffy to make the roster to begin with, but now with this injury it could be over for Ola in Buffalo.
Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy suffered a concussion and is in the concussion protocol. Worthy took the place of veteran Kyle Williams and is expected to have a large role in the rotation this season.
Wide receiver Rod Streater was a name impressing a lot of people during the beginning of camp. After the Sammy Watkins trade, it seemed Streater was going to have a large role in the offense. However, in the second preseason game Streater was carted off the field with a toe injury and the team is still “weighing their options”. Since we haven’t heard anything about him recently.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is still in the NFL concussion protocol. It’s unknown if he will be available for week one, but McDermott has reiterated many times that Taylor is the number one and will return once healthy. His backup, T.J. Yates, is also in the protocol but is expected to be released or placed on injured reserve.
Linebacker Tanner Vallejo has been out with a knee injury since the second week of the preseason. If the sixth-round draft pick is close to healthy enough to play in Week one, he should be safe on the roster. If not, Vallejo could go on injured reserve.
Wide receiver Andre Holmes was on the shelf with a neck injury. Not getting a chance to play could potentially hurt Holmes. If the Bills wanted, they could release the wideout and potentially get a compensatory draft selection. However, with the limited bodies at the receiver spot, he should stick for a few weeks.
Marcell Dareus was held out with a minor leg injury. Jordan Matthews says he will be ready for the opener with his chip fracture in his sternum.