Here we are with our Buffalo Bills entering Week 18, nearing the end of their wagon ride of the 2021 season. With the AFC East in line during the 4 p.m. slate, we have the New Jersey Jets in town for the final. The Bills come into this matchup in superb health. The COVID list is clean and the injury list is short.
The Jets come into this game with a few engines without captain Sully to land them in Lake Erie. The Jersey boys have a plethora of talent on the IR and will be miss this game. Key players include WR Braxton Berrios, OT George Fant, MLB Jarrad Davis, LB Blake Cashman, WR Elijah Moore, C Connor McGovern, OT Mekhi Becton, WR Corey Davis, FS Marcus Maye, FS Lamarcus Joyner and DE Carl Lawson.
FROM Efe Obada
Obada has been listed with an “ankle” and a DNP all week. Nothing was notable in the last game, in which he had an instant 21% share. This was a sharp drop from an instantaneous share of 36% the previous week. That 21% is about 13% below his season average when active. He may have had an aggravation of an old injury, which was discussed when he missed Week 4.
WR Emmanuel Sander
Sanders sprained his knee in Josh Allen’s only INT of the Bucs game. It was designated as a weekly. Sanders returned after missing just one game and played 82% of snaps against the Patriots. It seemed very quick for the initial prognosis. However, the Buffalo Bills have shut it down for the past two weeks. Could he be done for the season, or is the team just resting him for the playoffs? The other big question is, if he comes back, does he take any shots away from Gabriel Davis.
DT Ed Oliver
Ed played a season-high 67% in Week 16. There was no discussion of his injury after the game, but he was listed last week with an “ankle” injury. He inevitably played against the Falcons, up to 60% of the snaps. This week he was listed with the same ailment, but carries no playing time designation. That means at least he is improving, but the injury is unknown. He probably has a slight sprain or tendonitis.
OL Ryan Bates
The man they call Rick has been an integral part of OL’s resurgence over the past two weeks. Unfortunately, he suffered a “knee” injury last week against the Falcons. The injury occurred late in the game and he did not return. He had his leg rolled into a pileup, which likely caused a slight MCL sprain in his knee. Bates was limited to practice at the start of the week, but will be full on Sunday.