The Buffalo Bills knew entering this weekend that they would be without defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and tight end Tommy Sweeney. Both players were ruled out on Friday with Lotulelei dealing with a toe injury and Sweeney dealing with a hip injury.
Unfortunately, this will be the fourth game in five weeks that the Bills will be missing their starting defensive tackle. The Bills will once again look to a combination of Harrison Phillips, Eli Ankou, and Brandin Bryant to replace him. Ankou and Bryant were called up from the practice squad on Saturday.
Joining Lotulelei and Sweeney this week among the inactives is running back Zack Moss, offensive lineman Cody Ford, defensive tackle Vernon Butler, safety Damar Hamlin, and defensive end Boogie Basham.
Jon Feliciano set to return for the Buffalo Bills
One player that the Buffalo Bills are getting back this week after an extended absence is starting guard Jon Feliciano. He is returning after missing the past four games on injured reserve with a calf injury. Feliciano is expected to return to his starting spot at left guard between Dion Dawkins and Mitch Morse.
Buffalo Bills have both Isaiah McKenzie and Marquez Stevenson active
Another notable change is the Buffalo Bills have both Isaiah McKenzie and Marquez Stevenson active this week. This could signal the Bills will be looking to utilize one of them on offense to give them a little more speed while the other will handle return duties.
McKenzie started the year as the primary kick and punt returner but was inactive on Thanksgiving against the Saints. He was replaced by Marquez Stevenson but both were then inactive against the Patriots last week.
The fact that the Buffalo Bills also have seven wide receivers active and only one tight end, Dawson Knox, could also mean more four wide receiver sets against the Bucs, which was something I thought could happen in a game that has the potential to be a shootout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.