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Buffalo Bills inactives, Wild Card Playoffs: Levi Wallace is out; Duke Williams active

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Buffalo’s starting corner opposite Tre’Davious White is not ready to play

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Heading into the Buffalo Bills’ Wild Card match-up with the Houston Texans, the biggest question was the health of starting cornerback Levi Wallace. The second-year starter injured his ankle last week against the New York Jets, and while he was unable to put any weight on it last week, he returned to practice this week, albeit in a limited capacity.

With the release of both teams’ inactive players just moments ago, we now know that Wallace will not play. Also out of commission is Houston wideout Will Fuller, who is dealing with a groin injury.

Here are the rest of today’s inactives.


RB T.J. Yeldon

Even though he was active and showed flashes in last week’s regular-season finale, the Bills will continue to use Senorise Perry as the third active running back thanks to his role on special teams. Frank Gore backs up Devin Singletary as the primary pair of running backs.

WR Robert Foster

This one was a little surprising, as Foster has been active for the majority of Buffalo’s games this year. He will sit so that Duke Williams, who had six catches for 108 yards last week, can play. It remains to be seen who will fill Foster’s role as a special teams gunner.

TE Tommy Sweeney

Even after having a big game last week, the rookie tight end is back to being a healthy scratch. Dawson Knox will start, with veterans Tyler Kroft and Lee Smith serving as backups.

OT Ryan Bates

After right tackle Ty Nsekhe appeared to re-injure his ankle in his first game back from the injury, it appeared that Bates would be pressed into action this week. However, Nsekhe was able to practice this week, and he will suit up along with Cody Ford at right tackle.

G Ike Boettger

All of Buffalo’s interior linemen are healthy, so Boettger remains a healthy scratch.

DT Vincent Taylor

All of Buffalo’s interior defensive linemen are healthy, so Taylor remains a healthy scratch.

CB Levi Wallace

Buffalo’s starting corner opposite Tre’Davious White was able to practice this week, but the ankle injury that he suffered last weekend is not yet healed enough for him to play. Kevin Johnson will start against the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Here are Houston’s inactive players: