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Buffalo Bills give most starters limited playing time against New York Jets

The Bills were judicious with their starters

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

Several Buffalo Bills starters sat out against the New York Jets on Sunday but head coach Sean McDermott said a majority of the starters would see some time. For most of them, that meant one or two series.

On defense, an injured Shaq Lawson and a resting Tre’Davious White were the only two starters who didn’t get any playing time. After them, the vast majority were pulled after the first series. Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Tremaine Edmunds, and Matt Milano were off the field while McDermott called timeout before the first play to give Lorenzo Alexander a curtain call. The defensive line also turned over, with Ed Oliver and Corey Liuget playing in place of Star Lotulelei and Jordan Phillips.

On offense, the starters got two series after a lackluster opening series. John Brown and Cole Beasley didn’t play at all along with Devin Singletary and Dawson Knox. Josh Allen and Dion Dawkins came out after the second series. Mitch Morse and Cody Ford came out in the second quarter. (Ford, who was replaced by the returning-from-injury Ty Nsekhe, could still come back in the game.)

We’ll see how everything shakes out over the course of the rest of the game, but the injury to Levi Wallace on the third drive for the defense should give them pause about leaving guys in the game.