Through three weeks of the 2019 NFL season, the Buffalo Bills find themselves managing a steadily growing list of injuries and ailments. While Harrison Phillips’s torn ACL (and LaAdrian Waddle’s season-ending injury, for that matter) is the sum of long-term issues for this team, several players are working through an assortment of ailments. In Buffalo’s final injury report ahead of the first battle with the New England Patriots, seven players are listed as Questionable to play, with two more declared Out.
Let’s start with the players who won’t play. Tyler Kroft (ankle) did not practice all week after injuring the ankle a week ago before the Cincinnati Bengals game. Though the team hoped to see him debut in September, that just won’t be borne out. Linebacker and special teamer Corey Thompson (ankle) also didn’t practice, after having a minor ankle surgery this week. He’s out for Sunday.
Next we have the players who’re most at risk for this weekend’s game, but still could play. 50/50 bets, if you will. That list features Devin Singletary (hamstring), who began practicing in a limited capacity starting Thursday. He may still be a week out from playing. Taron Johnson (hamstring) was a limited participant all week, but may be closer to game-ready because he’s a week ahead of Singletary’s schedule.
A few players suddenly appeared midweek on the injury list. They’re questionable to play, and it’s hard to tell how worried we should be. That includes Robert Foster (groin), who was a limited participant on Thursday and Friday. Linebacker and specialist Maurice Alexander (knee) did not practice Friday, but the news was encouraging on his front. Isaiah McKenzie (ankle) did not practice Thursday, but was a full participant Friday. Spencer Long (ankle) appeared as a limited participant on Friday.
Also worth noting are the three names who appeared in red no-contact jerseys earlier in the week. Jon Feliciano (neck) was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but a full participant Friday. He’s Questionable to play, but that’s probably closer to Probable (which isn’t a valid status anymore). Tre’Davious White (neck) and Zay Jones (shoulder) also followed the same schedule as Feliciano, but aren’t designated as Questionable on the injury report.
Several other Bills followed their usual schedule of veteran rest days, including but not limited to Frank Gore, Ty Nsekhe, and John Brown.
The full injury report is embedded below, since this is a detailed week:
Friday injury report: pic.twitter.com/Kw1m0eBnl7— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) September 27, 2019