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Bills Dean Marlowe ruled out of for remainder of the game

Buffalo is running low on safeties

NFL: OCT 27 Eagles at Bills Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As the Buffalo Bills took the field to start the second half of the AFC Divisional playoff game down 17- 7 to the Cincinnati Bengals, they announced that they would be without yet another defensive back.

Safety Dean Marlowe was ruled out with a groin injury he appeared to suffer on the second-to-last play of the first half. The safety, who returned to Buffalo just minutes before the trade deadline back in October, was injured during a 21-yard scramble by Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.

Marlowe replaced Damar Hamlin who suffered a cardiac arrest the last time these two teams met. However, Hamlin was actually a replacement for All-Pro Micah Hyde who was lost for the season after a neck injury in Week 2 ended with Hyde needing surgery for a herniated disc.

With the loss of three safeties, and having Christian Benford — the rookie cornerback that the Bills mentioned attempting to switch over to the safety position — on today’s inactive list, Buffalo is left with just Jaquan Johnson and Cam Lewis, who spends most of his time on special teams, to help Jordan Poyer.