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Buffalo Bills injury report: Stefon Diggs expected back next week

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

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has missed more than a week of practice with a knee injury and concern was starting to mount in the fan base. While head coach Sean McDermott said a few days ago that he didn’t expect it to linger into the season, that wasn’t exactly reassuring. On Thursday, he gave a clearer timeline say he expects Diggs back next week. The last time he was on the field was two weeks ago.

Sitting out practice for the first time on Thursday was Cody Ford, who was dealing with a non-COVID illness. Safety Jaquan Johnson also wasn’t on the field for the first time with a knee injury.

WR Isaiah Hodgins, TE Tommy Sweeney, and RB Antonio Williams haven’t been able to practice since the first preseason game. Hodgins injured his knee and Sweeney was in a walking boot. Williams suffered a stinger in the game but was off to the side doing work on Thursday.

The longest injuries on the team are OG Forrest Lamp and RB Christian Wade. Lamp has missed multiple weeks and his shot at making the roster with a calf injury. Wade has a guaranteed practice squad spot despite his shoulder injury due to the International Pathway Program.

Buffalo has said most of their starters won’t play on Saturday for their game against the Chicago Bears.