Micah Hyde, two others on defense ruled out for the Buffalo Bills in Week 3

Micah Hyde, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images)
Micah Hyde, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images) /

The Buffalo Bills are preparing to face probably the best offense they have all season in Week 3 when they travel south to play the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately, the Bills are going to be short-handed on the defensive side of the ball and will be without one of their most important players on defense.

On Friday, the Buffalo Bills announced that safety Micah Hyde would not play due to a neck injury he suffered against the Tennessee Titans. Since joining the Bills in 2017, Hyde has been a key part of this defense alongside Jordan Poyer.

The Bills are in a bit of uncharted territory with the absence of Hyde as he has been very durable during his time in Buffalo. This will only be the third regular season game he has missed with the Bills after he missed one in 2018 and one in 2020.

Jordan Phillips and Dane Jackson were also ruled out for the Buffalo Bills in Week 3

In addition to Micah Hyde, the Bills have also ruled out defensive tackle Jordan Phillips and cornerback Dane Jackson. Both players suffered injuries on Monday night against the Titans and have not been able to practice this week.

Dane Jackson’s absence isn’t a surprise considering the scary injury he had against the Titans. He suffered a neck injury in the first half that resulted in him going to the hospital. However, he was released shortly after additional testing.

The Buffalo Bills now will likely start both rookie cornerbacks this week with Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam on opposite sides of the field.

As for Jordan Phillips, he suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter and was not able to return. He didn’t practice at all this week so his absence also isn’t a surprise and the hope is that Ed Oliver, who missed Week 3, can return this week to help replace some of the void left by his absence.

The Buffalo Bills will release the remainder of their injury report on Friday and will determine if any other players are expected to miss this weekend’s game.