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Bills DT DaQuan Jones expected to play Sunday against Patriots

Head coach Sean McDermott said he expects both DaQuan Jones and safety Micah Hyde to play on Sunday

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When the Buffalo Bills take the field on Sunday they expect to have a key player for the defense back on the field. According to head coach Sean McDermott, who spoke via the Extra Point Show with WGR 550 on Friday, the veteran defensive tackle is set to be added to the 53-man roster today and to play on Sunday.

Jones injured a pectoral muscle in Buffalo’s Week 5 game played in London. The injury required surgery, which was performed as soon as the 32-year-old Jones returned to the United States. It also landed Jones on Buffalo’s Injured Reserve list.

Jones has been very active on social media supporting his teammates and staying involved in the team’s push to the playoffs. On December 19, just six days before Christmas, the Bills opened Jones’ 21-day practice window and he made quick work of becoming a full participant in daily practices. While Jones wasn’t limited by the end of last week’s practice, Buffalo did not elevate him before their December 23 game with the Los Angeles Chargers. However, on Thursday this week, they announced the release of offensive lineman Germain Ifedi, sparking the social media chatter that Jones would be returning.

Now, before the Bills took to the practice field on Friday, Bills Mafia is getting the news they’ve been waiting to hear: Jones is back.

In other good news for Buffalo’s defense, McDermott said that he also expects veteran safety Micah Hyde, who has missed the last two games due to a stinger he suffered in Buffalo’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs on December 10, to be active for the team’s final home game of the season at Highmark Stadium.

This is good news for the Bills, who are low on safeties with Damar Hamlin suffering a shoulder injury in last week’s game against the Chargers. It’s also good news for Hyde, who has dealt with three stingers this season after having season-ending neck surgery last year and who’s playing in the final year of his current contract. The 32-year-old All-Pro safety will get to play in front of the home crowd at least one more time.

As for defensive end A.J. Epenesa, out with a rib injury the past two weeks, McDermott said that he’s still unsure whether he will be active Sunday or not, but that he should know more after today’s practice. He also said that he has not heard any news about linebacker Matt Milano, who had surgery on a broken leg also suffered in that fateful Week 5 London game, returning in time for the playoffs.