The Buffalo Bills played last week down two safeties, and for a time, it appeared that they may be down both of those same safeties plus a starting corner this weekend against the Houston Texans. Friday’s injury report should certainly quell those fears.
Safeties Micah Hyde (groin) and Rafael Bush (shoulder) both practiced in full on Friday, as did cornerback Tre’Davious White (ankle). The other member of the Bills to appear on the injury report this week, guard John Miller (ankle), also logged a full practice. Tight end Charles Clay, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, and defensive tackle Kyle Williams all received veteran rest days this week, but that has been common for them throughout the last two years.
All seven Bills who missed practice time this week are expected to play in Sunday’s road game, which has plenty of early playoff implications. The winner of this game will be 3-3 overall, but perhaps more importantly, will be 2-2 in the AFC. Falling to 1-3 in conference games so early would be a terrible hindrance in terms of tie-breaker scenarios come December.
We will update once the Texans release their injury report for the week. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has been limited this weekend by a chest injury, and starting running back Lamar Miller has been a full participant after missing last week’s contest with a chest injury of his own. All three of Houston’s top wideouts (DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller V, and Keke Coutee) have been limited all week. Hopkins is dealing with a foot injury, while Fuller V and Coutee have hamstring issues.
UPDATE (4:25): Houston’s injury report lists two players as out and one as questionable. Cornerback Aaron Colvin (ankle) and linebacker Brian Peters (ankle) are both out, while quarterback Deshaun Watson is officially listed as questionable. Although the Texans’ big three receivers all only managed to practice in a limited capacity today, none of them carry an injury designation heading into Sunday.