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Isaiah McKenzie leaves game against Detroit Lions with non-contact injury

The Bills’ speedster crumpled to the turf.

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

Isaiah McKenzie, the speedy returner and receiver for the Buffalo Bills, has been carted off the field with a non-contact injury suffered on a punt return. It’s a blow to a Bills team already devoid of playmakers on offense.

Edit: McKenzie returned to the game with a taped ankle. It’s a very surprising result given the level of pain he looked to be in going off the field.

McKenzie was added off the waiver wire earlier this season after he was released by the Denver Broncos and really added a few layers to the Bills’ offense, as a runner taking jet sweeps, as a receiver getting into the open field, and as a returner.

Ray-Ray McCloud is the most likey candidate to replace McKenzie in his role.

With a non-contact injury, whether it’s an Achilles injury or a ligament, it’s likely that McKenzie’s rehab will take his entire offseason and into the regular season of next year. It’s really disappointing for a player who was coming into his own with Josh Allen in Buffalo. He had the most receptions of his career in Sunday’s game against the Lions.