The Buffalo Bills were back on the practice field Friday ahead of their Monday night showdown with the New England Patriots. For the second straight day though, their starting linebacker Matt Milano was limited with a shoulder injury.
At this point, there shouldn’t be too much concern about Milano’s availability as he was limited in every practice ahead of Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts with a shoulder injury. He would end up not having an injury designation and played a majority of the game.
On the season, Milano has started 10 games with 57 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, three QB hits, and two fumble recoveries.
This week in particular the Bills are going to need Matt Milano and I wrote earlier in the week that he is a key player to watch. Milano is one of the better linebackers in the league when it comes to pass coverage and the Patriots have two good tight ends in Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.
Star Lotulelei also limited for the second straight day for the Buffalo Bills
The other notable player on the injury report is defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. He was activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list after missing three games and Lotulelei has now been limited for the second straight day.
The Patriots enter Week 13 as one of the more run-heavy offenses and have the eighth-most rushing attempts. If Lotulelei is able to return this week, it would be a big boost for this defense but if not, expect the Bills to turn to Eli Ankou and Brandin Bryant again.
On Friday, the Bills did see Reggie Gilliam able to practice in a limited capacity after missing Thursday’s practice. He is dealing with an ankle injury suffered in the game against the New Orleans Saints.
The other piece of good news is that Spencer Brown once again was not on the injury report. He was also activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week but has been a full participant both days. The Bills should have their starting right tackle back this week against the New England Patriots after he missed the previous two games.