Buffalo Bills: Dion Dawkins misses second practice ahead of Week 13

Dion Dawkins, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Dion Dawkins, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

The likelihood that the Buffalo Bills are going to be without their starting left tackle continues to grow as Dion Dawkins missed his second straight practice of the week. The former Pro Bowl left tackle is dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

This is not an ideal situation for the Bills as they are scheduled to play the New England Patriots on Thursday night. The Patriots have one of the top pass rushers in the league in Matthew Judon, who already has 13 sacks on the season and leads the NFL in that category.

If Dawkins is not able to play, the player who is the most likely to step in at the position will be David Quessenberry. The veteran tackle replaced Dawkins last week against the Lions and is the team’s best option. However, the coaching staff will likely give him plenty of help by having Dawson Knox line up on that side and keep running backs in the backfield to help slow down Judon.

Buffalo Bills have a number of players trending in the right direction

The good news is that outside of Dawkins and Von Miller, who has already been ruled out, the Bills don’t have many injury concerns heading into this game. For the second straight day players like Greg Rousseau, A.J. Epenesa, Tremaine Edmunds, and Mitch Morse have practiced in full after missing at least last week’s game.

In addition, Josh Allen for the second straight day was a full participant and this is a positive sign as he recovers from his elbow injury.

The Bills also had four players miss Monday’s practice due to illness but were able to practice on Tuesday. That group included wide receiver Khalil Shakir, safety Jaquan Johnson, cornerback Dane Jackson, and safety Damar Hamlin. Tight end Quintin Morris though has missed his second straight practice due to an illness.