Jordan Poyer, Kaiir Elam questionable for the Buffalo Bills in Week 11

Jordan Poyer, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Jordan Poyer, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

Could the Buffalo Bills get two starters in their secondary back this week?

Earlier on Friday, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott ruled out three key players on defense for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. That group included linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, defensive end Greg Rousseau and cornerback Tre’Davious White.

However, later in the day it appears the Buffalo Bills got some good news about two other players on defense that could make their return in Week 11. The official injury report for this weekend’s game listed safety Jordan Poyer and cornerback Kaiir Elam as questionable.

Poyer has been dealing with a number of injuries and has missed four games this season, including the last two. The Bills were not able to hold practice on Friday due to the snowstorm but estimated that the All-Pro safety would have been a full participant for that practice.

As for Elam, he is dealing with an ankle injury that forced him to miss last week against the Minnesota Vikings. The former first round pick has emerged as the starter over the past few weeks and has been a key part of the defense.

Similar to Poyer, Elam was listed as a full participant for Friday but was also a full participant on Thursday. If he is able to return this week against the Browns, it likely moves Christian Benford down the depth chart but he will rotate in during the course of the game.

Josh Allen has no injury designation for the Buffalo Bills

One player who surprisingly didn’t have an injury designation is quarterback Josh Allen. He is dealing with an elbow injury from Week 9 against the New York Jets but was able to play last week against the Vikings.

He would be listed as limited for every practice this week but with no injury designation it would appear there is no risk of him missing this week.