When it came to injuries, the Bills were a relatively healthy team all season long. But Sunday was different. The first half saw eleven-year veteran guard, Ritchie Incognito exit the game briefly with a shoulder injury. Things only got worse for the Bills as the game went on. Pro Bowl safety Micah Hyde left the game in the first half and was evaluated for a concussion. Hyde did not return and this was a major factor for the Bills.
Rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White also saw some time missed in his first playoff game as he was being looked at on the sidelines for cramps. At one point in the fourth quarter the Bills secondary had Lafayette Pitts and Colt Anderson in the game. Injuries definitely came into play on Sunday, no question.
Despite playing on a busted ankle running back LeSean McCoy still looked like his usual self on Sunday. McCoy racked up a total of 119-yards from scrimmage. It makes you wonder what could he have done if he was fully healthy?
The biggest injury for the Bills Sunday afternoon was none other than Tyrod Taylor’s concussion. With 1:43 left to go in the game. Taylor was slammed down hard by his head and neck by Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. This ultimately caused rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman to enter a playoff game in the fourth quarter and try to save the Bills season. But that thought was quickly put to an end thanks to a Jalen Ramsey game sealing interception.
Both Taylor and Hyde have recently been put in the league’s concussion protocol.