ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Buffalo Bills will be without multiple defensive players on Sunday in the AFC East Early Battle in the Miami Dolphins, featuring Dane Jackson (neck), safety Micah Hyde (neck) and defensive tackles Jordan Phillips (hamstring) and Ed disqualified. Oliver (ankle).
Bills deals with injuries to other starters, too. Safeguard Jordan Boyer (foot) training time and defensive tackle Tim Seattle (calf) is working his way back after missing the Bills’ win over the Tennessee Titans on Monday. Both are listed as dubious to play against the Dolphins, as are wide receiver Gabe Davis, Dawson Knox and quarterback Mitch Morse.
All suspected players were restricted to practice on Friday.
“We’ll just take [Poyer’s status] One day, coach Sean McDermott said at a press conference on Friday. “He’s one of those in that group over there, we have two of these guys, maybe three or four, we haven’t seen yet. What they’re going to be able to accomplish on Sunday. I’ll know more today. It may not be final after today, but we’ll take it day by day.”
Jackson, the number 1 linebacker for the team with Tre’Davious White still recovering from a ruptured ACL, was taken off the field in an ambulance after being unintentionally shocked by teammate Tremaine Edmonds on Monday during his intervention, but avoided a big header or a neck injury.
Rookie players Kair Elam and Christian Benford are set to start after taking turns against Jackson for their first two games. Elam, chosen by the Biles in the first round of 2022, will be in line to start his first career.
Safety will start Jaquan Johnson in place of Hyde, who also hit the Titans and has been taken to hospital for evaluation. Linebacker Matt Milano (Stinger) has no injury rating heading into the match after training fully all week.
A depleted defense will be challenged by the Dolphins attack that has added wide receiver Tyreek Hill this off season. Hill leads the NFL in receiving yards (284), with teammate Jaylene Waddell (240) in third. The Stefon Diggs (270) wide bill receiver splits the pair.
“At the end of the day, you have to trust the players who are likely to step into roles, if someone isn’t able to play, they’re going to be able to handle the game plan,” said defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. “And part of that, when we start back in April, we install the same things we’ll be running in the fall, and I always tell our players that. Unlike some teams that might install a look at some things in the off season, we’re working on things we have to. To do them during the season, which I think is one of the reasons why we get off to a good start in defence.”