Speaking with the media on Friday, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced that injured defensive end Shaq Lawson will be forced to miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Lawson did not practice on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday as he recovers from a hamstring strain. That type of injury can linger for weeks before a player’s back in game condition, so that news isn’t surprising. Trent Murphy, Eddie Yarbrough, and Nate Orchard will step up in the meantime.
Phillip Gaines (elbow), Taron Johnson (shoulder), and Ray-Ray McCloud (knee) were all limited participants in practice all week, but will be listed as “questionable” and should be likely to play on Sunday. The Bills could really benefit from the returns of Gaines and Johnson, if only for warm bodies at the position.
LeSean McCoy (rib cartilage) and Taiwan Jones (head) were also limited participants in practice, but both wore non-contact jerseys all week, making their situation more tenuous. Marcus Murphy and Chris Ivory would split duties if McCoy can’t handle the load, and the Bills would be counting on younger players to step up on special teams in the absence of Jones.
Kelvin Benjamin (hip) was limited at Wednesday’s practice, but a full participant on Thursday and Friday, and his playing status isn’t in doubt.