The Buffalo Bills defense will be without two key players in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins.
The depth at the linebacker position is going to be extremely tested on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. The Buffalo Bills have already ruled out starting linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds for this weekend’s contest.
Milano suffered a hamstring injury in the first half against the New York Jets and didn’t return. He was not able to practice all week so it wasn’t surprising to hear he had been ruled out.
As for Tremaine Edmunds, there was some hope as he was able to get limited practices in on Wednesday and Thursday. However, he did not practice Friday and Sean McDermott announced he would not play this weekend.
The team will now turn to Tyrel Dodson and A.J. Klein to fill the voids left by Edmunds and Milano’s absence. Klein is a veteran linebacker that knows this defense well from his time with the Carolina Panthers when Sean McDermott was the defensive coordinator.
In addition to Edmunds and Milano, the Buffalo Bills have ruled out linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips.
The good news is that the Buffalo Bills will not be missing any other starters for this game. Earlier this week, John Brown missed practice due to a foot injury but practiced in full Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie and defensive end Jerry Hughes were added to the injury report but both were able to practice in full on Friday. Since neither didn’t receive an injury designation, they should be ready to play this weekend.
This game should also be the Buffalo Bills debut for defensive tackle Vernon Butler. He was dealing with a hamstring injury since last week and was inactive for Week 1. However, he practiced in full every day this week and also doesn’t have an injury designation.