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Buffalo Bills Injury Update: Vernon Butler back, when do we worry about Stefon Diggs?

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills are into Week 4 of training camp and of course injuries are going to pile up. Following the first preseason game, the team was pretty healthy with only WR Isaiah Hodgins leaving the game due to injury. But he was added to a growing list of practice injuries, most notably with receiver Stefon Diggs.

Diggs missed practice all of last week and didn’t even dress or warm up with the team on Friday night. He was out of practice again on Sunday. With several weeks until the regular season, it’s not time to worry yet, but we will feel a lot better seeing him with his helmet on soon. Head coach Sean McDermott said he doesn’t expect it to linger into the regular season when asked on Sunday.

Dion Dawkins isn’t on the injury report, per se, but he was activated off the COVID-19 list late last week and his conditioning needs ramping up. He hadn’t participated in team work during training camp until Monday and coach McDermott was blunt about his starting left tackle on Sunday.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been on-again, off-again with his participation over the last ten days or so. It’s likely they are trying to manage dings and scrapes now so they don’t become worse in a player of his age. He was limited on Sunday and Monday.

Tight end Tommy Sweeney showed up in a walking boot on Sunday and Monday. We don’t have a timeline for his return.

Hodgins is “day to day” according to McDermott, who didn’t give a real update.

Further down the roster, RB Christian Wade (shoulder), TE Bug Howard, and OL Forrest Lamp (calf) have all been sidelined. LB Marquel Lee is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

In some positive news, DT Vernon Butler has cleared the concussion protocol. He’s in a battle for a defensive tackle spot with Justin Zimmer and Harrison Phillips.

Running back Zack Moss was 50-50 for the game on Friday and ended up not playing with a tweaked hamstring. We know he’s going to make the team, so there isn’t a reason to rush him back. He did light work on the sideline Sunday and participated in team drills Monday.