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Buffalo Bills core special teams player Corey Thompson has ankle surgery

The Bills will be down a special teamer

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

Buffalo Bills core special teamer Corey Thompson had ankle surgery on Wednesday and will be out for a while, the team announced. Sean McDermott told the media he doesn’t expect Thompson to be out for the rest of the season.

“We’ll just take it one week at a time right now,” said McDermott, informing the media Thompson was not going to be placed on injured reserve at this time.

Thompson played 70% of the team’s special teams snaps over the first two weeks of the season, leading the team with Maurice Alexander, Julian Stanford, and Kurt Coleman.

In the lead up to the Week 3 match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thompson practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday but did not participate on Friday and was listed as questionable. He played just six snaps, 21% of the special teams total.

In 2018, Thompson started one game at linebacker and over the last six games of the season, played the vast majority of special teams snaps. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent and made the team’s practice squad in 2018 before being promoted in November.