The Buffalo Bills conducted a walkthrough practice and published an injury report on Tuesday afternoon, looking ahead to their game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. The list of ailments is still relatively minor, but three wideouts appear on the list, so let’s dig into the lineup.
Cole Beasley (knee) did not practice on Tuesday. He hasn’t been able to practice yet in the week-plus since Buffalo’s win over the New England Patriots. Ordinarily, with the Bills playing on a short week, I would expect Beasley to be sidelined for another game if he doesn’t return to practice in some fashion by Wednesday. However, the playoff stakes could overrule a previously cautious approach. Given Buffalo’s depth, I do think that Beasley sits out the Wild Card game, even though it’s a single-elimination playoff tournament, with eyes on him returning to action a week later in the divisional round.
Stefon Diggs (oblique) and Isaiah McKenzie (ankle) were both limited on Tuesday. Both players played well against the Miami Dolphins and didn’t show any signs of discomfort on the sidelines. If their injuries were more significant, it’s likely head coach Sean McDermott would’ve mentioned something to the press. Expect those players to be full participants and completely cleared for action by Thursday, barring a setback.
Jon Feliciano (knee) was a full participant on Tuesday. So was Reggie Gilliam (knee/hamstring), who missed the last two games of the season.
As for the Colts, their early practice report has a few red flags that merit monitoring during the week. Star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (ankle), QB Philip Rivers (toe), CB Rock Ya-Sin (concussion), and backup offensive tackle Will Holden (ankle) all did not practice on Tuesday. In addition, CB T.J. Carrie (ankle/shoulder) and RB Jonathan Taylor (shoulder) were limited. Buckner and Rivers are the most important players to track.