The Buffalo Bills are down one receiver and maybe two for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
The Jets are down one receiver but probably are getting a good one back.
Bills coach Doug Marrone said rookie receiver Robert Woods will miss his second straight game this week due to a high ankle sprain. Receiver Stevie Johnson was not able to practice Wednesday due to a strained groin he suffered in Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh. Marrone said Johnson’s status for Sunday is uncertain.
Meanwhile, the Jets will be without Jeremy Kerley, who leads the team with 28 catches. He has an elbow injury. However, No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes might be back after missing the last five games with a hamstring injury.
Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters Wednesday he felt pretty good about Holmes playing. Holmes was limited in practice and non-committal. Holmes called himself “day to day” and “inching a lot closer to playing.”
Other Bills who did not practice were Da’Norris Searcy (hamstring) and Kyle Williams, who was rested, as usual, on Wednesday. Searcy was expected to try to practice today.
The Bills still had about 4,500 tickets left early Wednesday, putting Sunday’s game at risk of not being sold out in time for today’s 1 p.m. local television blackout deadline. The Bills could get an extension of the deadline.
The Jets are the third team in five weeks the Bills will play that is coming off a bye. By the end of the year, the Bills also will have played three teams coming off nine days of rest due to playing a Thursday night game.
Marrone said the scheduling is a noteworthy disadvantage for Buffalo.
“I think the biggest thing in this league, the one thing that helps you the most is rest,” he said.
The Bills practiced in a bitterly cold Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the winds were 23 mph and the wind-chill was 22 degrees.
“Your feet, your hands and your head; you keep that stuff warm and you’re in good shape,” Marrone said.
“When we play at home and with the wind and the weather, I like to practice outside,” Marrone said.
Marrone acknowledged he contemplated before the Pittsburgh game whether to give EJ Manuel another week to get ready.
“When he came back after four weeks again, we throw him right back out there on the road,” Marrone said. “There was even talk; I was thinking should we wait until the next home game to put him back out there? He needs to be out there. The more he’s out there, the better he is getting. That’s what I want to make sure everybody understands.”