The Buffalo Bills could be without two starters on Sunday when they host Washington at New Era Field. Cornerback Levi Wallace and right tackle Cody Ford were both limited all week in practice and listed as questionable by head coach Sean McDermott.
Ford was hurt in last week’s game, injuring his elbow. For a mauling style of blocker, not being able to have full range of motion with his arm would be problematic. If he can’t go, Buffalo has a capable player to step in with Ty Nsekhe, who will be playing his former team.
Wallace injured his shoulder last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. If he can’t go, former first-round pick Kevin Johnson will likely see the snaps at outside cornerback. He had been part of the platoon at nickel cornerback but hopefully Taron Johnson can stay healthy enough and rotate with Big Nickel safety Dean Marlowe on the inside. All three had been receiving snaps as the third cornerback.
Safety Kurt Coleman was also listed as questionable. He is dealing with a hamstring injury suffered against the Miami Dolphins and practiced in a limited fashion all week. He missed last week’s game against the Eagles.
Defensive end Shaq Lawson was excused from practice on Thursday and Friday for personal reasons. McDermott said he expects Lawson to play on Sunday, however.
On the other sideline, Washington is going to be without their starting quarterback, Case Keenum, so rookie Dwayne Haskins will be making his first NFL start. Trent Williams, the offensive tackle who returned from his holdout this week, has not been cleared and will miss the game. Running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday.