Dion Dawkins misses practices for the Buffalo Bills ahead of Week 13

Dion Dawkins, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dion Dawkins, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Buffalo Bills are entering a pivotal divisional matchup on Thursday night against the New England Patriots. In a game where they will need the offense to have a big game, they could be missing a key part of their offensive line.

Unfortunately, left tackle Dion Dawkins is dealing with an ankle injury that continues to force him to miss practice and on Monday was not able to practice at all. It is never a good time to be missing the player who protects the quarterback’s blind side but this week in particular could be a problem.

The Patriots have one of the best pass rushers in the game in Matthew Judon, who currently leads the NFL in sacks with 13. If Dawkins is not able to play, it will likely be David Quessenberry getting the start in his place as he replaced Dawkins last week in the second half after his injury.

A number of starters appear on track to return for the Buffalo Bills

While Dawkins being out would be a major loss, the Bills do appear like they are on track to get a number of starters back for this game. The Bills had four players who missed last week’s game against the Detroit Lions due to injuries practice in full on Monday.

That group includes center Mitch Morse, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and defensive ends Greg Rousseau and A.J. Epenesa. The potential return of Rousseau and Epenesa would be a big boost for the defense as the Bills will be without Von Miller after his knee injury on Thanksgiving.

Another player who practiced in full was Josh Allen, who has been dealing with an elbow injury. He hasn’t missed any games due to the injury but has also been limited in practice leading up to the games. This could be a good indication that he is getting past the injury and be near full strength against the New England Patriots.