There was some hope that the Buffalo Bills would have their best starting five offensive linemen but it looks like it will be another week before Jon Feliciano returns. The Bills opened the 21-day practice window last week but had to activate him off injured reserve by 4 PM Monday afternoon.
That deadline has passed and Feliciano was not moved off injured reserve. As Matt Parrino tweeted, the sense he got is the Bills want to be cautious and give their starting guard as much time to be completely healthy.
He will miss his fifth straight game after suffering a calf injury in Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins. Feliciano was placed on injured reserve before the Jacksonville Jaguars game.
The good news for the Bills is that they are likely to get Spencer Brown back for this game. The team’s starting right tackle, who has missed the past two weeks after being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. He was activated last week and wasn’t listed on the injury report at any point during the week.
With Brown back, it will allow the team to move Daryl Williams back inside to right guard.
Buffalo Bills need a big game from the offensive line against the Patriots
The offensive line has been up and down this season and this has been due in large part to injuries. However, the return of Brown should still be a big boost for this offensive line for a few reasons, even without Jon Feliciano.
The first is that the Patriots have an excellent pass rusher in Matt Judon, who currently has 11.5 sacks and has five sacks in the past five games. He is a player that can disrupt a gameplan very easily and the Bills will need to make sure they keep him away from Josh Allen. The Bills’ two starting tackles, Brown and Dion Dawkins have a tough task ahead of them on Monday night, but having Brown at right tackle over Daryl Williams should help.
The other reason is that the weather is going to be rough due in large part to the wind and this could limit the Buffalo Bills passing attack. If the Bills are not able to effectively throw the ball, they will need more production from the run game. While the run game hasn’t been great this year, it has looked its best when Spencer Brown has been on the field.