Week 11 in the AFC East kicks off with plenty of shakeups around the conference keeping the division very much in competition for multiple playoff berths. Season-ending injuries to the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals at the quarterback position and the Baltimore Ravens with Mark Andrews’ ankle injury have opened the door for better playoff seeding and wild-card spots.
The Miami Dolphins host the Las Vegas Raiders while the Buffalo Bills take on the New York Jets in Orchard Park. The New England Patriots get a well-deserved bye week after playing in Germany last week. Below are the injury reports for each team heading into Week 11.
WR Chase Claypool (Knee)
Claypool underwent a minor knee operation during the bye week and the team is taking his recovery week by week, already ruling him out for Sunday.
OL Rob Hunt (Hamstring)
Hunt continues to work back from a hamstring strain suffered against the New England Patriots in Week 8. He missed the Week 9 contest in Germany and even with the bye week, still was unable to practice this week, ruling him out for Sunday.
OL Rob Jones (Knee)
Jones is out with a knee injury suffered in the second quarter against the Chiefs in Week 9. He has already been ruled out for Week 11.
RB Alec Ingold (Foot)
Ingold has been a regular participant on the injury report due to a lingering foot injury since Week 5 and has not missed any games.
WR Braxton Berrios (Hamstring)
Berrios suffered a hamstring strain in practice on Thursday prior to Week 9, limited Thursday and Friday. He did see his offensive snaps drop in half from the prior week but still saw roughly the same amount of special teams snaps. With the well-timed bye week, Berrios was limited on Thursday and Friday but should be expected to play barring a setback earlier in the week.
TE Durham Smythe (Ankle)
Smythe has been dealing with an ankle injury originally sustained back in Week 8 against the Patriots. He played through the injury in Week 9 traveling overseas and with the bye week, did not practice Wednesday before getting limited practices in on Thursday and Friday. He played in his full complement of offensive snaps but did not see any special teams snaps, the first time this has happened this season. I expect him to play but limit his contributions to the offense once again.
RB De’Von Achane (Knee)
Achane is expected to be activated to the roster following his injured reserve stint following a Week 5 injury. Reports indicated at the time that this was not an injury where he suffered a tear, but a sprain that would have required bracing and potentially could have limited his ability to perform. He has looked healthy by multiple reports from the beat reporters covering the team and should provide a spark to the offense. There is an open roster spot with the release of Robbie Chosen.
OT Terron Armstead (Left Knee)
After getting activated to the roster following his injured reserve stint, Armstead limits his reps during the week in order to be ready for Sundays. His injury originally occurred as the result of an MCL sprain suffered against the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter. He was able to play in 100 percent of snaps on Sunday but I do expect him to linger on the injury report considering the amount of injuries he has to work through every season.
RB Raheem Mostert (Ankle/Knee)
Mostert has been battling through an ankle injury originally suffered back in Week 7 but adds a knee injury that he appeared to pick up in Germany.
RB Salvon Ahmed (Rib)
Despite a rib designation, Ahmed was able to practice in full all week and will play Sunday.
S Jevon Holland (Back)
Holland practiced in full all week in light of a back injury that carries no designation heading into Sunday.
LB Jaelan Phillips (Back/Toe)
Battling injuries all season, Phillips is working through yet another back injury, though it’s unclear if this was an aggravation from earlier in the year. Adding in a toe injury, Phillips has battled through an injury-filled year, the likes of which have not been seen since his college days.
WR Jaylen Waddle (Left Knee)
Waddle suffered a left knee injury in the Week 9 loss to the Chiefs as seen below. He appeared to have his leg clipped and taken out from under him which forced him to briefly leave the game.
Having a well-timed bye allowed him to get full practice this week and have no designation.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are on bye this week.
New York Jets
LB Sam Eguavoen (Hip)
Eguavoen was ruled out early Friday with a hip injury suffered against the Las Vegas Raiders in the final minutes last Sunday. He is primarily a special teams contributor but a loss for depth at the linebacker position.
LB Chazz Surratt (Ankle)
Surratt suffered an ankle injury in Week 8 that frankly, does not have much information available. Considering he has been unable to practice suggests that this is a high-ankle sprain. He has been ruled out for a third consecutive game.
OL Billy Turner (Finger)
Turner missed Week 10 after he underwent surgery to repair a fracture within his hand and did not have a return-to-play timeline. Considering they did not place him on injured reserve indicates he should return sooner than later, but two weeks out from surgery even with a club seemed premature to play as he was ruled out early Friday.
TE Kenny Yeboah (Hamstring)
Yeboah has been on injured reserve following roster cutdowns after suffering the injury in the second preseason game back on August 19. He returned to practice this week and despite getting full practices in all this week, has been ruled out, not yet ready to return.
OL Duane Brown (Hip/Groin)
Brown continues to work back from his hip/groin injury originally suffered in Week 2. After he was placed on injured reserve, he opened up his 21-day practice window two weeks ago. Despite practicing in full the last two weeks, Brown has not been activated and the team has yet to decide whether to activate him for Sunday.
CB Michael Carter (Hamstring)
DE Will McDonald (Ankle)
McDonald suffered an ankle injury in practice last Friday and was unable to play in Week 10. He was able to practice with limited designations all week before receiving a questionable designation heading into Sunday.
WR Garrett Wilson (Right Elbow)
Wilson is officially questionable heading into Week 11 but has indicated that he’ll play. The original injury occurred early in the third quarter as seen in the play below. The concern was a hyperextended elbow that he continued to play through, even participating in a trick play.
During interviews, he is observed sporting kinesiotape on the medial aspect of his elbow. That tape placement would further support a hyperextension injury, possibly a UCL sprain. While Wilson states that he will play, he may struggle to haul in passes or maintain possession as a result.
I wouldn’t expect him to stink up the place, but if he can be pressured and have to fight for every catch, a key drop or incompletion could be the difference between a touchdown or not Sunday.
OL Mekhi Becton (Left Knee/Wrist)
Becton has been a mainstay on the injury report with a left knee designation limiting his reps during the week to be ready for Sundays. A wrist designation was added to the injury report for Becton this week on Friday but was able to get a full practice in.
DL John Franklin-Myers (Knee)
Franklin-Myers was a new addition to the injury report this week with a knee designation but no information on the specifics is available. He practiced in full all week and has no gameday designation.
LB Quincy Williams (Knee)
Williams appeared on the injury report heading into Week 9 with a knee injury before getting a full practice each Friday with no gameday designation. He had the same outcome heading into Week 11.
DT Jordan Phillips (Right Knee)
Phillips suffered what appeared to be a right knee injury early in the second quarter of Monday’s game. On initial view, it appeared as though he fell and got the wind knocked out of him after he hit the turf with his head and shoulder especially after he returned a short time later.
However, he appeared on the injury report this week with a knee designation. After looking back at all his snaps, there were several instances where he did have hard falls to the ground but did not linger or need additional assistance. Going back to that knee injury early in the second quarter, this appeared to be the most likely culprit as to the original injury. It’s admirable that he continued to play through the injury despite the collision with McGlinchey early on.
He was limited all week but able to get a full practice in on Friday and questionable. His availability may come down to a pain issue and whether they can get by without him or call someone else up.
WR Trent Sherfield (Left Ankle)
Sherfield left the game just before the first half ended with an ankle injury that was initially questionable but quickly ruled out. He injured the ankle on the two-point conversion to Gabe Davis late in the second quarter that got the Bills to a 9-8 deficit. The issue with the injury was that he was on the opposite side of the end zone and the camera panned away, preventing a clean look at how Sherfield injured the ankle.
Fortunately, he was able to practice limited Thursday and Friday, making him questionable heading into the game. Had he suffered a high-ankle sprain, he would have not been able to practice all week. This may be more of a generalized low ankle sprain, but with the depth available to the team, it may be best to sit this one out to get healthy for the stretch run.
QB Josh Allen (Right Shoulder)
Allen was a late addition to the injury report Friday with his shoulder designation that has kept him on the report since suffering the injury in Week 6. According to reports, he wasn’t on the field for most of the media viewing portion for stretching. His appearance on the injury report may have also been to save face due to the Joe Burrow news with the NFL investigating possible injury report mismanagement.
CB Christian Benford (Right Hamstring)
Benford missed last week’s contest with a right hamstring strain originally suffered in practice prior to Week 9. He tweaked it in the game just prior to halftime and did not play the second half despite being healthy enough to play. He was limited all week except Friday. While he will play, the team expects to see him more in a backup role, suggesting that he may not be fully healthy, but healthy enough to play if needed.
S Micah Hyde (Neck/Stinger)
Hyde was once again limited all week with a neck/stinger designation with the team playing it safe coming off the anterior cervical discectomy and fusion last season. He may still be dealing with residual nerve pain which could be an issue from potentially another disc issue or even down the line into his shoulder. An ideal situation is if he has some numbness/tingling in his left shoulder that is originating in his shoulder versus his neck.
Wearing a non-contact jersey all week allows him to avoid irritating the still-healing nerve issues. Fortunately, he removed the jersey and will play Sunday.
DB Cam Lewis (Right Shoulder)
Lewis suffered what appeared to be a stinger late in the fourth quarter when he collided with several teammates making a tackle. He grabbed at his right arm coming off and was limited this week with a non-contact jersey, similar to Micah Hyde.
He was also on the injury report heading into Week 7 with a shoulder designation also due to a stinger. Hopefully, there aren’t any underlying issues present and this is more incidental.
LB Dorian Williams (Right Knee)
Williams appeared to suffer a right knee injury early in the fourth quarter when he banged his knee on the punt, limping downfield. He continued to stay in the game and play in a limited defensive role and on special teams.
It looks as though he gets hit on the outside portion of his knee which would suggest an IT band issue or even proximal fibula contusion. This appears to be an injury that he will continue to play through, but this was also the same knee that he had hyperextended on the final play of the Giants game. It would not surprise me to hear that he is still working through the prior injury that was not reported, this latest one only adds to the difficulty of playing.
DT DaQuan Jones (Right Pectoral)/LB Matt Milano (Right Knee)
Sean McDermott gave important updates regarding the injury status of two key Bills defenders. He noted that there was an outside chance that DaQuan Jones would be able to return this year whereas Matt Milano doesn’t look like he will be able to return based on what they know.
This was in line all along with what I had said here at Banged Up Bills about their potential outlook following their injuries. There was precedent for Jones having gone through this before whereas Milano, there were a few case studies but not as much consistent success.
CB Tre’Davious White (Right Achilles)
In light of what Sean McDermott noted about both Jones and Milano, we did get a brief update on the status of Bills CB Tre’Davious White. Former defensive coordinator Leslie Frasier went on the Zack Gelb show and spoke with him for just over 15 minutes. They cover a variety of topics around the league, but at the 10:40 mark, they begin to discuss the Buffalo Bills.
One of the brief highlights involves the nugget that Tre’Davious White underwent surgery out in Los Angeles and has been rehabbing out there. Frazier spent some time with White and while he didn’t go into great detail, that is important to hear the updates as to why we haven’t seen White around the facility. This also suggests that he had surgery with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the preferred surgeon for many orthopedic injuries in the NFL.
I don’t expect to see White anytime soon unless he is spotted on the sidelines during the playoffs or more likely during OTAs. An important update, as small as it may be.
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