ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kawika Mitchell missed practice Thursday because of a foot injury, and it’s doubtful he will play in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Coach Chan Gailey declined to say which foot Mitchell injured, or to release details except to say Mitchell was hurt in practice a day earlier and is “doubtful” to play. Mitchell was having tests to determine what Gailey called a “short-term and long-term” prognosis, an indication the injury could be severe.
Mitchell, a seven-year NFL veteran, is a backup to Andra Davis, who’s taken over the defensive play-calling duties this season.
Mitchell is coming back after he missed the final 11 games last season because of a right knee injury.
The Bills already are expected to be without outside linebacker Reggie Torbor, who’s recovering from a chest injury. Converted defensive end Chris Ellis is expected to start in place of Torbor.
The Bills went through a handful of injuries already this preseason, let’s hope Mitchell’s injury isn’t too serious, and the veteran is back on the field soon.