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Buffalo Bills place nearly all of their tight ends on Reserve/COVID-19 list

Oh no.

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

The Buffalo Bills have placed the majority of their tight end room on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list after Dawson Knox received positive results Saturday from Friday’s testing. Alongside Knox, Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney (who was on the PUP list), and practice squad member Nate Becker were all placed on the list, as well, due to close contact with Knox.

The only Buffalo Bills tight ends on the active roster now are starter Tyler Kroft and rookie H-back Reggie Gilliam. It’s likely to change the game plan a tad as they head into Week 7.

Kroft wasn’t at Bills practice on Thursday and the first part of the day on Friday because of the birth of his daughter, Grace. According to Adam Schefter, Kroft missed the meeting Friday morning where the virus was potentially transmitted because Grace wasn’t born until 5:00 AM Friday.

All four of the players placed on the list will miss Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Buffalo also promoted wide receiver Duke Williams from the practice squad. He’s a big, physical wide receiver who theoretically could play tight end in an emergency situation and add some of that blocking and pass-catching skill set to replace the lost tight ends.