Star Lotulelei, Matt Breida among inactives for Buffalo Bills in Week 16

Matt Breida, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images)
Matt Breida, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images) /

The AFC East is on the line today when the Buffalo Bills face the New England Patriots inside Gillette Stadium. The Bills announced their inactives on Sunday morning that included defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, running back Matt Breida, and tight end Tommy Sweeney.

Lotulelei was ruled out on Friday after missing practice on Thursday and Friday for personal reasons. As for Breida, he is inactive for the first time since Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins. This means Zack Moss is active for the first time since the last time the Bills played the Patriots in Week 13.

The thought here is that probably the coaching staff is looking for a running back with more power, likely around the goal line and short-yardage situations. However once again Devin Singletary should handle most of the work out of the backfield. This is is something they have done the past two weeks and have had some success on the ground.

Buffalo Bills missing a number of players on offense who are on the Reserve/COVID-19 list

Even though the Buffalo Bills didn’t have anyone out today due to injury, they are missing a number of key players on the offensive side of the ball who have been placed on Reserve/COVID-19 over the past week.

Last Sunday, offensive guard Jon Feliciano was placed on the list followed by Cole Beasley on Tuesday, and then on Friday wide receiver Gabriel Davis and Cody Ford were added. Yesterday though the Bills announced a big return with left tackle Dion Dawkins being activated after spending a little over a week on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Buffalo Bills only have one tight end active in Week 16

The Buffalo Bills have nine defensive linemen active for this game likely to try and have more depth against a Patriots offense that likes to run the ball. The coaching staff needed to find some extra roster spots for the added depth and this means that Tommy Sweeney is inactive.

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It also means that the Bills will only have Dawson Knox as the only active tight end this week and could indicate more four wide receiver sets with players like Isaiah Hodgins, Marquez Stevenson, or Jake Kumerow seeing more playing time today.