Prior to their game against the Houston Texans, the Buffalo Bills elevated cornerback Cam Lewis from their practice squad.
Lewis, 24, appeared in five games for Buffalo last season, making two starts. He made seven tackles without intercepting or defending a pass. He was placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury last October 31.
Lewis is being elevated this week as insurance for cornerback Taron Johnson, who is listed as questionable thanks to a groin injury. Lewis briefly unseated Johnson as Buffalo’s main slot corner last year before suffering the wrist injury that ended his season. Johnson went on to make two of the season’s most memorable plays, returning interceptions of Ben Roethlisberger and Lamar Jackson for touchdowns that changed the momentum and outcome of those respective contests.
The Bills are already without safety Jordan Poyer this week, as the veteran will miss the game thanks to an ankle injury he suffered late in Buffalo’s blowout victory over the Washington Football Team last week. With the nickel corner a “starting” position in Buffalo’s defense, that means the Bills could be down two of their five starters in the secondary.
Even if Johnson plays this week, chances are good that Lewis dresses for the game. Given that Johnson is battling a groin injury, and both Levi Wallace (knee) and Dane Jackson (knee) are both a week removed from playing with injury designations, the Bills may want to dress an extra player in the secondary as a precaution. Either way, Johnson’s status is worth monitoring prior to kickoff tomorrow.