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Spencer Brown doubtful to play for Buffalo Bills against Miami Dolphins

A strained back has kept Brown from practicing all week

Don’t plan on seeing Spencer Brown play when the Buffalo Bills battle the Miami Dolphins this weekend. The rookie right tackle, who hurt his back before this week’s practices began, is doubtful to play on Sunday. That’s the official designation given by the team’s injury report, after Brown was unable to practice the entire week. Although head coach Sean McDermott didn’t want to close the door on Brown, roughly 95 percent of doubtful players end up missing their games.

Also noteworthy is tight end Dawson Knox (hand) who didn’t practice this week. The Bills had already ruled him out earlier in the week, but seeing that he hasn’t begun to practice yet, a conservative guess is that he’ll miss the game against Jacksonville too.

There was good news for defensive tackle Justin Zimmer (foot), who practiced fully on Friday after two days of limited practice. The Bills listed him as questionable for Sunday. Although he probably could play, the Bills have been willing to use their defensive line depth to ease player injuries, holding out Efe Obada earlier in the season while he was injured, but capable of playing. So we’ll have to see if Zimmer plays or the Bills use Harrison Phillips and/or Vernon Butler in his place.

Lastly, rookie edge rusher Boogie Basham returned to practice on Friday after missing Thursday with an illness. There’s no concern about his availability for the weekend.

The Dolphins, under more duress than the Bills, have four questionable players for this weekend: LB Jerome Baker, WR DeVante Parker, CB Noah Igbinoghene, and OL Greg Mancz. Wide receiver Will Fuller won’t play either, remaining on Miami’s injured reserve for another week.