Earlier today the Buffalo Bills announced they would be without one starting safety, Micah Hyde, for the remainder of the 2022 season. Hyde suffered a neck injury against the Tennessee Titans in Week 2 and the injury forced him onto injured reserve.
Later on Saturday, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Buffalo Bills will also be missing their other safety, Jordan Poyer, on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Poyer has been dealing with a foot injury that forced him to miss Thursday’s practice and be limited on Wednesday and Friday.
The Bills starting safeties have been a strength of this defense since both players joined the team in 2017. In total, both players have only missed four games and for the first time since the season finale of 2016, the Buffalo Bills will not have either player on the field.
Buffalo Bills will be lacking experience in the secondary
Now with both starting safeties out, along with cornerback Tre’Davious White (who has been on the PUP list), and cornerback Dane Jackson who was the starter in the second half last year and the first two games this year, the secondary is drastically lacking in experience heading into this game against the Miami Dolphins.
The Bills will still have Taron Johnson, their starting nickel, but the expected starting lineup of Christian Benford, Kaiir Elam, Damar Hamlin, and Jaquan Johnson combine for only three career starts. The most experienced player in that group would be Benford, a rookie who started the first two games of the season.
It will be very interesting to see how these players do against what has been one of the most dynamic passing attacks in the NFL this season. The Bills’ defensive line will need to have an incredible game to help this inexperienced group by limiting the time Tua Tagovailoa has in the pocket.