The Buffalo Bills will head to Jacksonville without three of their starters, and two more are questionable to play this weekend. On the team’s injury report. Dawson Knox (hand), Spencer Brown (back), and Jon Feliciano (calf) have all been ruled out. None of the three were able to practice this week. Cole Beasley (ribs) and Jordan Poyer (shoulder) are both questionable, able to practice in a limited fashion Friday after missing Thursday’s practice.
Stepping back from the weekend view, it seems like Knox is closest to returning to action. He’s been working off to the side, catching passes from trainers, and it sounds like the Bills just want him to build up a little more strength in his repaired hand before activating him. For Feliciano, the team knew this would be a multi-week injury, and he’s only in his first week.
The bigger concern is Brown. A 6’8” 310-lb lineman, he’s at higher risk for the debilitating effects of a back injury, and the Bills are understandably taking it slow with him. What seemed at the start like a tweaked muscle might be more serious than we thought, with Sean McDermott not ruling out Injured Reserve for the right tackle Friday morning. In other words, get used to seeing Ike Boettger and/or Cody Ford in the lineup.
Beasley, who was able to play through his injury in the second half of Buffalo’s last win, and Poyer, who banged up his shoulder in practice, can probably play this weekend. But the Bills might keep those players on a pitch count if they can get away with it.
Justin Zimmer (foot) is ready to go after missing the last game. He practiced fully every day of the week.