The Buffalo Bills suffered some setbacks in the injury department in Week 17, with several players being tended to by trainers or carted off the field altogether. On Wednesday, every one of them practiced for the Bills, even if it was in a limited capacity, as the Bills get ready for their Wild Card showdown with the Houston Texans.
Starting cornerback Levi Wallace missed Tuesday’s practice with his ankle injury. He was carted from the field on Sunday but with the ankle heavily taped, he was limited on Wednesday. If Wallace is limited or can’t go on Saturday, former Texans CB Kevin Johnson will get the start.
Ankle is wrapped up tight to prevent any medial/lateral mvt, certainly limiting PF/DF with how he’s walking. Should be able to run straight with the tape loosening as he goes, but this is to help manage swelling during activity. Id expect him to still be limited today. #Bills https://t.co/bvTET7TdIS— Banged Up Bills (@BangedUpBills) January 1, 2020
Defensive end Shaq Lawson has been listed as limited all week as he recovers from a hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday’s meaningless Week 17 tilt. He told reporters he should be good to go for Houston. In his place, Trent Murphy and Darryl Johnson Jr. would see an uptick in snaps.
Returner and receiver Andre Roberts was listed as limited on Wednesday, but was fielding punts and kicks with the first unit. Matt Parrino of NYUP.com said he was accelerating just fine. Isaiah McKenzie would be the returner if Roberts can’t go and we’d likely see Duke Williams at WR.
The last player who was limited Wednesday was OT Ty Nsekhe. After returning from an ankle injury, the veteran was rolled up on by his own man on Sunday, re-aggravating the injury. He was working with trainers after practice, according to Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic, and his availability for Saturday remains undetermined. Cody Ford will likely be the starter at right tackle with Nsekhe limited.
Defensive end Jerry Hughes received a normal rest day Wednesday.
The Houston Texans had eight players listed as limited on Wednesday including star DE J.J. Watt (recently activated off injured reserve), WR Will Fuller, CB Jonathan Joseph, LT Laremy Tunsil, and WR Kenny Stills.