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Bills vs. Vikings, 2014 NFL Week 7: Marquise Goodwin ruled out

An untimely injury to Marquise Goodwin will likely pave the way for Mike Williams' return to the lineup for the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.

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In addition to needing to cover for two core special teams players (Marcus Easley and Ty Powell) on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills will also be without second-year wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. That bodes extremely well for the chances of veteran receiver Mike Williams, inactive last week against New England, making his way back onto the field.

Goodwin, who has also undertaken some punt gunner duties in the wake of Easley's injury, tweaked his hamstring in practice on Thursday. He did not practice on Friday, and has been ruled out. That means that for a second straight week, the Bills will only have four healthy receivers to work with - and that includes Williams, whose agent publicly demanded a trade earlier this week. Time will tell how much playing time Williams says, especially in relation to Chris Hogan, who has come on of late.

Here's the full Bills injury report for Week 7. Note the likely pending return of safety Aaron Williams, whose presence will be most welcome in a Buffalo defensive backfield that was roundly abused by Tom Brady and New England last weekend.

  • WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring)
  • WR Marcus Easley (knee)
  • LB Ty Powell (ankle)
  • DT Kyle Williams (knee)
  • LB Brandon Spikes (ribs)
  • Aaron Williams (wrist)
  • Da'Norris Searcy (ankle)
  • LS Garrison Sanborn (knee)