Patriots vs. Bills Injury Report: Monitoring Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah Wynn and Others
(Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
With the NFL regular season in the rearview mirror, 12 of 14 elite teams are gearing up for what should be a crazy Wild Card Weekend.
The Patriots (6) vs. Bills (3) is the second of two games Saturday.
The Bills finished 11-6 and earned the third seed in the AFC after securing the division. They’ll have home-field advantage against their bitter AFC East rivals.
The Patriots, meanwhile, went 10-7 with a loss to the Dolphins in Week 18. Bill Belichick’s club earned the sixth seed in the AFC and the second of three wild-card spots (the Patriots lost a tiebreaker to the Raiders for the fifth seed).
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, where temperatures are projected to be in the single digits.
The final injury report of the week was much of the same for both teams: there were just three players listed on Buffalo’s side and 13 players on New England’s.
Patriots vs. Bills Injury Report
Not sure what the above abbreviations mean? Click here to skip to our glossary below.
Latest on Patriots-Bills Injuries
The Thursday injury report for the Bills was mostly unremarkable. Defensive end Efe Obada (ankle) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) were full participants for the third day in a row. Wide receiver Cole Beasley (rest), who was added yesterday, was taken off the report. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (rest) was the lone addition to today’s report. He did not practice and was given a veteran rest day like Beasley yesterday.
The Thursday injury report for the Patriots remained mostly unchanged. All 13 players from yesterday remained on the report and are now listed as questionable. Linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. (ankle) was upgraded from a DNP to limited. Left tackle Isaiah Wynn (hip/ankle) was the only non-participant today — his second straight missed practice.
The Wednesday injury report for the Bills was mostly unchanged. Defensive end Efe Obada (ankle) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) were once again full participants in practice. The lone addition to the report is wide receiver Cole Beasley (rest), who did not practice. Beasley was given a day of veteran rest which is unlikely to impact his status this weekend.
The Wednesday injury report for the Patriots, meanwhile, remained intact for the most part. All 12 players from yesterday remained on the report. 11 of 12 were limited participants once again, while left tackle Isaiah Wynn (hip/ankle) did not practice.
Linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. (ankle), who also did not practice, was the only new addition to the report. The veteran Pro Bowler has appeared in 12 games this season (10 for the Patriots, two for the Lions), including Week 18 against the Dolphins. It’s entirely possible the team has elected to give both Wynn and Collins a day of veteran rest.
The Tuesday injury report for the Bills was lean with just two players mentioned: defensive end Efe Obada (ankle) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee). Both were listed as full participants.
Obada is dealing with an ankle injury while Sanders has a knee injury. Both missed the Bills’ season finale against the Jets after missing practice all week. Sanders, 34, has appeared in 14 games this season and has reeled in 42-of-72 targets for 626 yards — the third-most on the team — and four touchdowns.
The Tuesday injury report for the Patriots listed 12 total players — seven defensive players and five offensive players. All 12 were listed as limited participants on Tuesday.
The New England offensive players limited were center David Andrews (shoulder), left tackle Isaiah Wynn (hip/ankle), running back Damien Harris (hamstring), wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (thigh) and kicker Nick Folk (left knee).
Harris leads the team in attempts, rushing yards and touchdowns, while Meyers leads the team in catches, targets and receiving yards. All five have been frequent fixtures on the Patriots’ injury reports.
The New England defensive players limited on Tuesday were defensive tackle Christian Barmore (knee), free safety Cody Davis (wrist), strong safety Kyle Dugger (hand), defensive end Lawrence Guy (shoulder), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee), linebacker Brandon King (toe) and strong safety Adrian Phillips (knee).
Barmore, Davis, Dugger, Hightower and Phillips were on the injury report last week. Dugger was ruled out going into Week 18 after not practicing, as was Hightower, who was a limited participant all week.
King and Guy are new additions to the injury report this week. Both appeared in the Patriots’ season finale against the Dolphins. Guy recorded two tackles and three assisted tackles while King was limited to special teams play.
NFL Injury Report Glossary
For Daily Practice Statuses
- DNP: Acronym for “did not participate” in practice that day.
- LP: Acronym for “limited participation” in practice that day.
- FP: Acronym for “full participation” in practice that day.
- (-): Not listed.
For Game Statuses
- Out: Will not play this week.
- Doubtful: Unlikely to play this week.
- Questionable: Not certain to play this week.
- (-): Not listed (in most cases means “active”).