The Buffalo Bills face off against the Cleveland Browns today in a game that has different implications for both teams. A loss for Buffalo would damage their playoff hopes, but the team would still be firmly in control of its own destiny. A loss for Cleveland, however, would put the Browns on life support for the 2019 season.
The Bills are relatively healthy entering play today, so most of the team’s inactive players are healthy scratches. Which players won’t suit up today? Here is Buffalo’s list.
RB T.J. Yeldon
Buffalo’s running back situation has been solid since rookie Devin Singletary returned from a hamstring injury, and Yeldon remains the odd man out today. Frank Gore and Senorise Perry join Singletary as the active running backs.
WR Duke Williams
Another week, another healthy scratch for the biggest of Buffalo’s wideouts, as the team opts for the speed and formation flexibility offered by Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie over the red zone size of Williams.
TE Tommy Sweeney
The same situation that has kept Yeldon inactive on game days is what keeps Sweeney from suiting up: since Tyler Kroft returned from injury, the Bills have gone with the same trio of tight ends in each game, with Lee Smith and Dawson Knox joining Kroft on the active roster.
OL Ryan Bates
With Cody Ford better positioned to play after sitting last week with an elbow injury, Bates is back to being a healthy scratch. Spencer Long is also back on the active list.
G Ike Boettger
Nothing to see here, as Boettger remains a clear emergency option behind Long, Quinton Spain, Jon Feliciano, and even Bates along the line.
DT Vincent Taylor
After playing last week in his first game up from the practice squad, Taylor is a healthy scratch this week after Buffalo signed veteran Corey Liuget at the beginning of the week.
S Dean Marlowe
With fellow veteran Kurt Coleman back to full health, Marlowe is down and Coleman is up today. Rookie Jaquan Johnson remains active, backing up starters Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer along with Siran Neal.
Cleveland’s inactives can be found here.