The Buffalo Bills have a short week ahead of Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions and once again have a number of players dealing with injuries. On Tuesday, which was their first practice of the week, the Bills had four players miss practice.
This group includes two players who were out for last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns in defensive end Greg Rousseau and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. The fact that it is a short week and they weren’t able to practice is probably a good indication that they will miss Thursday’s game against the Lions.
The Bills also had two other players who suffered injuries against the Browns miss practice in defensive end A.J. Epenesa and center Mitch Morse. Both players are dealing with ankle injuries and similar to Edmunds and Rousseau, it probably is likely they miss this game as well.
The absence of both Rousseau and Epenesa certainly would be a big loss at the defensive end position and the Bills would have to shorten their rotation down to probably just Von Miller, Boogie Basham, and Shaq Lawson.
On the offensive side of the ball, if Mitch Morse was to miss, this would be a pretty big loss for the team. The veteran center did miss Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins and the Bills had Greg Van Roten start in his place.
However, Van Roten didn’t have the best game and the Bills may look to switch it up potentially and have Ryan Bates start in his place. If they do, this creates a hole at right guard that could be replaced by Van Roten or Bobby Hart.
Kaiir Elam looks on track to return for the Buffalo Bills
The good news for the Buffalo Bills is that they appear to be getting back one player on defense as Kaiir Elam has practiced in full this week. The rookie cornerback has missed the past two games due to an ankle injury and if he is able to play this week it will be a nice boost for the secondary.