Buffalo Bills missing a few starters in Wednesday’s practice before Week 9

Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Buffalo Bills were back on the practice field on Wednesday after another primetime victory this year, this time over the Green Bay Packers. They also had some new faces after the Bills traded for Dean Marlowe and Nyheim Hines prior to the trade deadline.

Unfortunately, Hines was not able to practice as the trade wasn’t completed yet due to Zack Moss not completing his physical with the Colts, according to Matt Parrino. On top of Hines’ absence, the Buffalo Bills were missing a number of starters from practice on Wednesday.

The two players with the most uncertainty about their availability for Sunday against the New York Jets would be safety Jordan Poyer and linebacker Matt Milano. Poyer suffered an elbow injury against the Packers and there is some question about the severity of the injury.

Earlier on Wednesday, Beane said that Poyer was ‘day-to-day’ but later in the day NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that the former All-Pro was ‘week-to-week‘. It will be interesting to see if Poyer can get on the practice field and if he can’t it would seem likely that he will miss this week.

In addition to that, Matt Milano missed practice due to an oblique injury. Milano appears to have suffered the injury against the Packers but was able to play every defensive snap in Week 8.

Spencer Brown returned to practice on a limited for the Buffalo Bills

There are also some players dealing with injuries but were able to participate at least on a limited basis. This group includes right tackle Spencer Brown, who missed last week against the Packers due to an ankle injury.

Brown wasn’t able to practice at all last week so this is certainly a step in the right direction.

The Buffalo Bills will have two more practices this week before Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Hopefully, the Bills are able to get more of these key players back ahead of a pivotal AFC East divisional matchup.