The Buffalo Bills take on the Green Bay Packers this afternoon, and while a second consecutive road victory will be no easy task, the team did receive some good news on the injury front that should help its cause.
Start running back LeSean McCoy, who missed last week’s 27-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, is active and ready to play despite suffering cracked rib cartilage against the Los Angeles Chargers in week two. Also back for Buffalo is defensive end Shaq Lawson, who suffered a hamstring strain in the team’s season-opening defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.
For the Packers, defensive lineman Muhammed Wilkerson was ruled out on Friday with an injured ankle. He has been placed on injured reserve. Guard Justin McCray, listed as doubtful on Friday, was ruled out due to a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Randall Cobb is also out due to an injured hamstring.
Here are all of the Bills’ inactive players today.
G Wyatt Teller
OT Ike Boettger
OT Jeremiah Sirles
The Bills once again leave rookies Teller and Boettger as healthy scratches. Head coach Sean McDermott will use recently demoted center Ryan Groy as the backup along the interior offensive line. McDermott is active after the team flipped veteran Marshall Newhouse for a conditional draft choice in the 2021 NFL Draft. The man signed to replace Newhouse on the roster, Jeremiah Sirles, is inactive today.
DT Robert Thomas
With both Shaq Lawson (hamstring) and Trent Murphy (ankle) active today, the Bills left Nate Orchard active. He had filled in for Lawson over the previous two weeks, playing a total of 20 snaps in those games. Lawson’s ability to double as a defensive tackles makes Thomas the odd man out today.
TE Logan Thomas
Although Charles Clay and Jason Croom were listed as questionable, both players are apparently ready to roll this week. Thomas will sit again after playing in the team’s first two games this year. Khari Lee is active as the team’s third tight end for the second consecutive week.
RB Marcus Murphy
Buffalo’s primary return man and backup to LeSean McCoy suffered a rib injury last week and was listed as questionable coming into today. With his absence, Ray-Ray McCloud III presumably takes over as the punt returner.
CB Phillip Gaines
The Bills go with four corners—Tre’Davious White, Ryan Lewis, Taron Johnson, and Lafayette Pitts—for the second consecutive week.
Here are the Packers’ inactives.