head coach Sean McDermott addressed the media before the Buffalo Bills took to the practice field on Wednesday, and the news he gave was exactly what the doctor ordered — pun intended — for a team that has dealt with each of a long list of injuries for the past four weeks.
“Everyone will practice in some capacity today except the following players,” McDermott said as soon as he sat down behind the microphone on Wednesday.
McDermott then listed running back Taiwan Jones (knee) and wide receiver Jake Kumerow (ankle) as the only two players not training due to injury, adding that guard Rodger Saffold and edge rusher Von Miller were getting their veteran rest days.
That means a long list of injured Bills returned to the practice field — a list that included wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (out of concussion protocol), tight end Dawson Knox, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, cornerback Christian Benford and safety Jordan Poyer.
In addition, cornerback Tre’Davious White practiced for the first time this season on Wednesday, his first soccer activity with the team since tearing up his ACL in a Thanksgiving Day game last year. However, White won’t be available for the team’s Week 6 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, but many of his injured teammates may very well be.
Kumerow has now been on the injury list for two weeks after suffering an ankle injury on September 25, when the Bills suffered their only loss of the season in Miami. While there is never a good time for a player to get injured, Kumerow got on the injury list when Gabe Davis, the third-year rising star of the Bills who injured his ankle in week 2, returned to action.
As for Jones, he’s a new addition to the injury list with what McDermott simply said was a “knee.” As with the Kumerow-Davis injury list switch, while Jones is out, Poyer, who missed Week 3 with a foot injury and Week 5 with a rib injury, is back in training and it’s fair to think Buffalo will do everything they can. can get their 2021 first-team All-Pro back on the field when they play against the Chiefs.
As soon as the Bills take the field for the media-accessible portion of training, the video of White – along with Benford, who suffered a broken hand in week 2 but returned to practice today – in the red, non- contact jerseys to pop on Twitter.
While the Bills sit nicely atop the AFC East and have taken some convincing wins and even the elusive win from behind that they could not have taken in recent seasons, their season was not without lows as their active roster during game time looked like. so far spent most of the year as a revolving door between the playing field and the training room.
To finally have just two players not practicing as they face a match-up that could play a major role in determining who has the first seed in the AFC as the season approaches halfway through, Bills Mafia has a much-needed sigh of relief. given relief. — and probably the Bills’ coaching staff.
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