Bills WRs Stefon Diggs & Cole Beasley Active For Saturday’s Wild Card Game vs. Colts
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UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported around 11:45 a.m. ET — less than an hour and a half before kickoff — that Bills wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley are active for Saturday’s playoff game against the Colts.
Both were previously listed as questionable heading into Wild Card Weekend, but will be a big boost to Josh Allen and Buffalo’s passing game against Indianapolis.
The Buffalo Bills inactive list has been released, and neither Stefon Diggs nor Cole Beasley are listed.
That means the Bills will have both of their top receivers when they host the Colts in their first home playoff game since 1995.
See below for the latest news and updates on both Diggs and Beasley ahead of kickoff, which is 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Latest on Stefon Diggs
The absence of Stefon Diggs’ name on the Bills’ inactive list confirms a Saturday morning update from Jeremy Fowler which suggested he would play.
Diggs is dealing with an oblique injury, but it’s not clear when it popped up. He performed in Week 17, catching seven of eight targets for 76 yards.
Buffalo needs Diggs, who has become Allen’s favorite target in his first season with the Bills.
The All-Pro receiver led the NFL with 127 catches and 1,535 yards. He’s caught at least seven passes in each of the last eight weeks.
Our Director of Predictive Analytics Sean Koerner rates Diggs as the Bills’ second-most valuable player, impacting the spread by 1.03 points.
Latest on Cole Beasley
Beasley’s status was slightly more unknown than that of Diggs, as he was listed questionable with a knee injury for much of the week, which caused him to miss Week 17.
Beasley sat out practice both Tuesday and Wednesday and was a limited participant on Thursday. The second-team All-Pro was “confident” he would play, though, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, and as mentioned, is absent from the inactive list.
How much he’ll play isn’t certain, but how much does Beasley matter?
Don’t let last week’s team performance fool you. Koerner ranks Beasley as the team’s third-most valuable player, worth 0.43 points toward the spread.