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Buffalo Bills injury updates: three Bills are non-participants

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Jeremiah Sirles might play his first start of the season this week.

At the start of the week, Buffalo Bills right guard John Miller was “still being evaluated” for an oblique injury that ended his game against the Jaguars. As the Bills broke practice on Wednesday, Miller was a non-participant. His replacement wasn’t Ryan Groy, who handled the remaining snaps in the game, nor Vladimir Ducasse, who was benched for Wyatt Teller and inactive last week. Ahead of them, and ahead of rookie Ike Boettger, was Jeremiah Sirles. Sirles already saw some playtime this year in place of a struggling Jordan Mills, and it looks like the coaches will trust him to start on the inside if Miller can’t play this week.

Cornerback Lafayette Pitts (concussion) didn’t practice Wednesday as he works through the concussion protocol. The same held true for veteran Derek Anderson. Both players will likely miss Sunday’s game.

Tight end Charles Clay (hamstring) and rookie corner Taron Johnson (shoulder) were both limited participants. Johnson’s injury is all pain management at this point, so he’ll play on Sunday. Clay’s status is better than the start of last week, giving him a chance to play against the Dolphins.

The biggest injury news of the day came from Buffalo’s opponent. The Miami Dolphins placed receiver-returner Jakeem Grant on injured reserve, promoting receiver Isaiah Ford in his place. Grant, one of the fastest players in the league, led the NFL in punt return average and had scored multiple return touchdowns this season. His loss cannot be overstated against a team that just signed a brand new punter.