The Buffalo Bills, by and large, have had an improbably healthy season, but they’re still subject to the occasional injury, even outside of games. To that end, a couple more Bills were non-participants in Thursday’s practice session. Starting guard Quinton Spain, as well as reserve running back T.J. Yeldon, both weren’t able to practice with the team and are dealing with an illness according to head coach Sean McDermott. Joining them was Ty Nsekhe, who’s still rehabbing his ankle injury.
Along with those three players, veterans Frank Gore and Lorenzo Alexander took their traditional rest day.
If Spain can’t play, the Bills would need to shuffle their line around. They could promote Spencer Long into his position, or they could opt for playing Jon Feliciano at left guard and plugging Long into right guard, like they’ve done previously when Mitch Morse was unable to play. Ike Boettger would be activated as a reserve interior lineman in that scenario.
In Yeldon’s case, nothing would change if he couldn’t play. The Bills have opted to scratch him of late, utilizing Senorise Perry for his special teams experience.
Nsekhe can safely be ruled out for Sunday’s game at this point, and he’s starting to look questionable for the following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team would like to see a few full days of practice before activating him, even in a timeshare.