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Buffalo Rumblinks, 1/17: Injuries mounting for Bills

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The Buffalo Bills (12-6) rolled past the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday afternoon in an AFC Wild Card clash, but Buffalo did not escape the injury bug in the win, as the Bills saw a few key contributors depart the game with injuries.

Today’s edition of Buffalo Rumblinks examines how, leading up to a huge AFC Divisional test against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bills are dealing with a mounting injury problem.

Injuries starting to add up for Bills

The Bills saw cornerbacks Taron Johnson (concussion) and Christian Benford (knee), linebackers Terrel Bernard (ankle) and Baylon Spector (back) and punter Sam Martin (hamstring) leave the Steelers game with various ailments. On Tuesday, head coach Sean McDermott said those players, along with cornerback Rasul Douglas (knee), wide receiver Gabe Davis (knee), linebacker Tyrel Dodson (shoulder), and safety Taylor Rapp (calf) were all day-to-day heading into the Chiefs showdown Sunday evening at Highmark Stadium.

While the list of injured players is long, so far, no one has been ruled out for the Divisional Round game. Johnson, one of the top nickel/slot cornerbacks, is in the league’s concussion protocol, while the team will need to see how Bernard responds to his injury before making a ruling on his availability.

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