One day after the Buffalo Bills defeated the Dallas Cowboys to remain in the hunt for an AFC playoff spot, head coach Sean McDermott delivered more bad news for the defensive: defensive tackle Jordan Phillips had surgery this morning and is now considered week-to-week.
Bills DT Jordan Phillips underwent wrist surgery last night & is week to week, according to Bills HC Sean McDermott.— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) December 18, 2023
That leaves the Bills with Ed Oliver, Linval Joseph, Tim Settle & Poona Ford as the healthy options at DT on the 53 man roster.
DaQuan Jones remains on IR.
Phillips was injured on a play that resulted in the veteran tackle sacking Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. But during the sack, Phillips appeard to jam his wrist/hand against the back of Dallas offensive tackle Terence Steele.
This was the play that #Bills Jordan Phillips injured his right wrist on.— Banged Up Bills (@BangedUpBills) December 18, 2023
You can see his wrist slams heel first into Steele’s buttocks.
Certainly going through differential diagnosis for immediate surgery last night.
Something fractured, dislocated, displaced is first guess. pic.twitter.com/ybkXoPeIZa
While McDermott has listed Phillips as week-to-week, which is definitely better than when tight end Dawson Knox had surgery earlier this year and had to spend five-plus weeks on the team’s Injured Reserve (IR), it still leaves the Bills in the need of more help on the defensive line.
While Buffalo has Poona Ford, who has only been active once or twice this season, on the roster, and there is hope that DaQuan Jones may make a return before the end of the season, apparently McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane are thinking that more help is needed. During his session with the media today, McDermott said that there’s a search underway for another defensive tackle, and it’s possible one could be added to the team in the next couple of weeks.
McDermott also said that both safety Micah Hyde (stinger) and defensive end A.J. Epenesa (ribs) are continuing to make progress as they attempt to recover from injuries sustained a week ago. He also admitted that DaQuan Jones is improving and that they are taking it “one day at a time” as they move forward with his recovery from a pectoral tear, and subsequent surgery, that landed him on IR back in October. As of now, however, the 31-year-old Jones has not had his 21-day practice window opened and he hasn’t begun officially practicing with the team again.
We could potentially see @RiDQulous_98 open his practice window this week as he looks to return from his right pectoral tear suffered in Week 5.— Banged Up Bills (@BangedUpBills) December 18, 2023
Read up on his injury & expected timeline below. #BillsMafia https://t.co/ai45sADSNG
Buffalo currently has four healthy defensive tackles: Ed Oliver, Linval Joseph, Tim Settle, and Poona Ford. They do, however, have two possible options for elevation on their current practice squad in Eli Ankou and Andrew Brown.
Other Bills who came out of yesterday’s game — although briefly — and who are worth keeping an eye on over the remainder of the short week of prep ahead of Buffalo’s west coast trip to face the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday include Ty Johnson (shoulder), Sam Martin (knee), Leonard Floyd (ribs), Trent Sherfield (heel), and Spencer Brown (finger).