Buffalo Bills: Emmanuel Sanders among the inactives for Week 17

Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

The Buffalo Bills will be without one of their starting wide receivers for today’s game against the Atlanta Falcons

The Buffalo Bills are looking to extend their winning streak to three games today when they play the Atlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium. They will be taking the field without one of their starting wide receivers though.

Emmanuel Sanders has been dealing with a knee injury that he suffered back in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He would miss the following week against the Panthers before returning last week against the Patriots.

However, the injury seems to still be bothering him as was limited in practice on Wednesday before sitting out Thursday and Friday’s practice and was questionable for today’s game. The absence of Sanders opens the door for more playing time for Gabriel Davis, who returns this week after missing last week’s game after being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Buffalo Bills are in good shape at defensive tackle

The other position that was worth watching leading into today’s game was at defensive tackle as Ed Oliver was the other player who was questionable. He was limited all week in practice and also was questionable for today’s game.

However, he is active and looks like he will be playing and will be joined by Star Lotulelei, who is active after missing last week’s game due to personal reasons. The veteran has been dealing with injuries and a trip on the Reserve/COVID-19 list since the bye week and this is only the fourth game he is active for since Week 9.

The Bills also have Eli Ankou, who was called up from the practice squad yesterday, active today. He has played well in spots and should get some additional snaps with Vernon Butler and Boogie Basham both inactive.

Changes on the offensive line for the Buffalo Bills?

The other place worth watching is on the offensive line and what combination the Bills might use. Last week the combination of Dion Dawkins, Ryan Bates, Mitch Morse, Daryl Williams, and Spencer Brown did a good job protecting Josh Allen.

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However, this week Jon Feliciano and Cody Ford are both active and it will be interesting to see if one surpasses Bates for the starting left guard job. There could also be a situation where Bates gets the start but both are rotated throughout the game.