The Buffalo Bills lost starting right guard Brian Winters on Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. Winters injured his right knee and did not return. Head coach Sean McDermott called Winters “day-to-day” during his Monday discussion with local media.
Winters was replaced in the lineup by Quinton Spain, who started every game for the Bills last season at left guard. Spain was benched this year, with Cody Ford—who played right tackle as a rookie before moving to right guard this year—sliding over to the left guard slot. When Winters left the contest, Ford remained at left guard and Spain merely replaced Winters at right guard.
McDermott noted that he doesn’t like to move players around too much once they’re in the lineup, and he said that Ford is “playing guard at this point.” That’s a pretty strong indicator that Ford will line up at left guard with Spain at right guard until Winters is able to play.
If Winters were to miss this week’s game against the Tennessee Titans, Ike Boettger, who has been a healthy scratch each game thus far in 2020, would probably serve as the active backup interior lineman. Last year’s starter at right guard, Jon Feliciano, is still on injured reserve thanks to a torn pectoral muscle. He has yet to begin practicing.