Head coach Sean McDermott met with the media before practice this morning, and said that both defensive end Boogie Basham and center Mitch Morse have been ruled out for the Buffalo Bills’ Christmas Eve game against the Chicago Bears.
Sean McDermott on @ExtraPointWGR says that Mitch Morse (concussion) and Boogie Basham (calf) have been ruled out for Saturday’s game.— Matt Parrino (@MattParrino) December 22, 2022
Basham suffered a calf injury in last week’s win over the Miami Dolphins, while Morse suffered a concussion. Neither Basham nor Morse, who is still in the league’s concussion protocol, have practiced this week — so the decision coming two days before Saturday’s game is no surprise.
McDermott said that safety Jordan Poyer will practice today, and that they will evaluate how he is working through some knee soreness that kept him from practicing on Tuesday and Wednesday. Poyer said yesterday that he doesn’t see it as something that will cost him any game time, and after a full day of pracxtice it looks as though the All-Pro knows what he’s talking about. Poyer with no designation for Saturday’s game is a good thing for the Bills.
Thursday injury report pic.twitter.com/s2PJjmyLwy— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) December 22, 2022
On the not as good side, Ed Oliver was downgraded to a DNP after injuring his calf sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday. Now, the defensive tackle is questionable for the Christmas Eve game.
Joining Oliver on the Bills Mafia “game day inactive watch list” is Jordan Phillips. Phillips was limited in practice all week after being a non-participant for the past two weeks. While he never got the nod for full practice this week, the defensive tackle is listed as questionable for Saturday.
More good news filled out the Bills injury report, however. Josh Allen, Matt Milano, and Ryan Bates were able to finish the week healthy and without any type of designation, meaning that we should see them in uniform on Saturday.