Bills Injury Report: Updates for Josh Allen, Emmanuel Sanders after Thursday’s practice

Josh Allen, Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)
Josh Allen, Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) /

After a walkthrough practice on Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills were back on the practice field Thursday.

Unfortunately, not much has changed in terms of injury participation for a few key players. The Bills had two players not practice at all with another four players limited on Thursday, including their starting quarterback.

Josh Allen limited for the second straight day

The Buffalo Bills suffered a foot injury in the second half of last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was limited on Wednesday and once again on Thursday but according to reports was moving well.

Jon Scott with Spectrum News tweeted out a video of Allen at practice showing him jogging and making throws without a noticeable limp.

At this point, it looks like Josh Allen will have a good chance to play Sunday but the Buffalo Bills will announce official injury designations on Friday.

Emmanuel Sanders misses second straight practice

However, starting wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders may not be as lucky. He left the game against the Bucs early with a knee injury and wasn’t able to return.

On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott described Sanders’ injury as ‘week-to-week’, and after two straight days without being able to practice it seems like he will miss Week 15 against the Panthers.

If he is not able to play, this should create more playing time for second-year wide receiver Gabriel Davis, who has played well as of late. He has now caught a touchdown in two straight games and last week against the Bucs made a key fourth-down reception that kept the Bills drive alive which ended with a tying field goal near the end of the fourth quarter.

Buffalo Bills have three other players limited

For the second straight day, the Bills had three other players limited aside from Josh Allen. This included two starters on the defensive line in Jerry Hughes and Star Lotulelei. This past week Lotulelei was ruled out due to the toe injury while Hughes was able to play and saw his normal workload of about half of the defensive snaps.

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If Lotulelei is not able to play, then the Bills once again will look to a combination of Harrison Phillips and Eli Ankou to replace him. At the defensive end, if Hughes is active then this could open up for extra snaps for Boogie Basham and Efe Obada with Epenesa rotating in.