Similar to the injury report last week, the Buffalo Bills are entering their game with the Kansas City Chiefs relatively healthy, particularly for this time of year. In fact, the Bills have only one player on their injury report with defensive end Mario Addison dealing with a shoulder injury.
Addison was limited for the second straight day in practice today, which was a walkthrough, due to that shoulder injury that he suffered against the New England Patriots, which forced him to leave the game and he was not able to return. On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott said Addison’s injury was considered ‘day-to-day’.
Buffalo Bills’ pass rush key on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs
It is good to see that the veteran pass rusher was able to practice both Wednesday and Thursday, even if it is on a limited basis. This week, the pass rush is going to be a key part of the success, or lack thereof, of the Bills’ defense.
The Buffalo Bills struggled to get pressure on Patrick Mahomes in the AFC Championship Game last year, a game they would lose, with only one sack and three QB hits. The two teams met again earlier this year and Buffalo did a better job pressuring the star quarterback, finishing the game with two sacks and eight QB hits, and this helped limit what the Chiefs’ offense was able to do.
Mario Addison has been a key part of their pass rush and currently is the team leader in sacks with seven, including three sacks in the final two games of the regular season. If Addison is not able to play, this means the Buffalo Bills younger pass rushers like Greg Rousseau, Boogie Basham, A.J. Epenesa, and even Efe Obada (who was inactive for the Wild Card game) could be asked to play bigger roles.
It will be interesting to see if Mario Addison is able to be a full participant on Friday, which will be the final practice of the week.