Buffalo Bills: Emmanuel Sanders among the inactives for Week 18

Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
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Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will be inactive for the Buffalo Bills in Week 18 against the New York Jets

The Buffalo Bills will be closing out the regular season later this afternoon when they play the New York Jets at Highmark Stadium. They will be taking the field without a key player on offense as wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is inactive for today’s game.

This will be the third game the veteran has missed in the past four weeks after suffering a knee injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. The Bills likely once again will have Gabriel Davis get the start in place Sanders today against the Jets.

Week 18 Buffalo Bills inactives include

In addition to Sanders, the Buffalo Bills will be missing defensive end Efe Obada, who was ruled out Friday due to an ankle injury. These two are joined by offensive lineman Bobby Hart, tight end Tommy Sweeney, and wide receiver Marquez Stevenson.

The fact that Stevenson is inactive is surprising as he has been the team’s primary returner on kickoffs and punts the past few weeks. This could mean Isaiah McKenzie will handle the role or the coaching staff may split the responsibilities between Matt Breida on kickoff and Micah Hyde on punts.

The fact that the Stevenson is inactive, means the Bills have only five wide receivers active today but have four running backs.

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Breida has been inactive for a few weeks now and this could mean the coaching staff is looking to run the ball more this week but have the option to not give Devin Singletary as much of the work. In two of the past three weeks, Singletary has had over 20 rushing attempts in a game and this may be a way to keep the top running back fresh for the playoffs.