But along the way, they once again took some hits that could jeopardize their game plan for the next week. On defense, safety Micah Hyde has suffered his third stinger of the season, although head coach Sean McDermott is saying that it’s more a lingering/re-aggravation of the same injury during his meeting with the media this afternoon and said that he considers Hyde’s injury to be of the “week-to-week” variety. The news isn’t great for the 32-year-old Hyde who had season-ending neck surgery last September and is in the final year of his current contract.
Sean McDermott also said that #Bills S Micah Hyde (stinger) will be week to week: Says it is a recurring injury in the same area as a previous injury— alex brasky (@alexbrasky) December 11, 2023
Defensive end A.J. Epenesa had a great moment just a few plays into the game when he tipped a pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes and then was able to come down with the ball himself. However, in the process, he ended up on the bottom of a pile and had to take a trip to the team’s blue medical tent on the sideline. First listed as questionable, Epenesa was cleared to reenter the game when the Bills’ defense came back out on the field. But his return was short lived. Another pile up sent the fourth-year pass rusher back to the tent where he was eventually listed as doubtful to return.
Today, McDermott included him in his “week to week” category as he deals with the unspecified rib injury from Sunday. While McDermott isn’t known for giving any more detail than required — and therefore the unspecified isn’t abnormal — it’s highly likely, considering his out/in/back-out-but-not-ruled-out status from Sunday’s game that Epenesa has some type of cartilage injury and his return could be a couple of weeks away.
Sean McDermott says Bills edge rusher A.J. Epenesa (ribs) is week to week.— alex brasky (@alexbrasky) December 11, 2023
On the more positive side, tight end Dalton Kincaid, who re-injured his shoulder near the end of Sunday’s game and ended up in the X-ray room before the Bills left Arrowhead, is only dealing with a “day-to-day” type of injury. Buffalo just got Dawson Knox back this week after he spent five weeks-plus the bye on Injured Reserve following wrist surgery. Having both tight ends in play on Sunday was a luxury for quarterback Josh Allen — one we would hope he can have again this week.
Dalton Kincaid is day to day.— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) December 11, 2023
He re-aggravated a shoulder injury. #Bills
In other — optimistically good, but don’t get too excited — news, McDermott said that there is still a chance defensive tackle DaQuan Jones could be back in uniform before the season ends. McDermott said that Jones, who had to undergo surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle after Week 5’s game in London, is in the “red-to-yellow” stages of his comeback as he begins working with training staff on “footbally type” of activities.