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Who didn’t play for Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions?

The Buffalo Bills held most of their starters out of the game against the Detroit Lions. We knew that $258 million man Josh Allen wasn’t going to play, but the rest was a mystery. Here is a list of the players that didn’t see the field against the Lions:

Veteran rest

  • QB Josh Allen
  • RB Taiwan Jones
  • WR Cole Beasley
  • WR Stefon Diggs (knee)
  • WR Emmanuel Sanders
  • LT Dion Dawkins (conditioning)
  • RT Daryl Williams
  • C Mitch Morse
  • OG Jon Feliciano
  • DT Star Lotulelei
  • DE Jerry Hughes
  • DE Mario Addison
  • LB Tremaine Edmunds
  • LB A.J. Klein
  • LB Matt Milano
  • RB Zack Moss (hamstring)
  • CB Taron Johnson
  • CB Tre’Davious White
  • S Jordan Poyer
  • S Micah Hyde

While Moss was 50-50 to play, Dawkins is working his way back from COVID-19, and Stefon Diggs is dealing with a knee injury, the rest of this list are veteran players who were given the week off to avoid injury. They are roster locks.

Injury-related

  • RB Christian Wade (shoulder)
  • TE Bug Howard
  • OL Forrest Lamp (calf)
  • OL Caleb Benenoch
  • DT Vernon Butler (concussion)
  • DE Mike Love
  • LB Marquel Lee (COVID-19 list)

Only appeared on special teams

  • OL Tyler Gauthier
  • OL Marquel Harrell
  • OT Syrus Tuitele

The Bills need to release five players this week. These three players each got one single snap on special teams.