Orchard Park, NY – After the Buffalo Bills eliminated AFC East rival New England Patriots last Sunday, fans immediately began to reflect on the condition of injured starting center-back Mitch Morse, who had leaves the match in the game’s first attack with a concussion.
Bills manager Sean McDermott said on Monday that Morse had been included in the NFL concussion program and that he did not train on Wednesday. He left to do some cardiovascular work with the coaching staff, along with injured Bills: corner-back Cam Lewis and full-back Tyrel Dodson, both on the bench.
Morse is likely at Stage 3 or Stage 4 of the protocol based on his activity on Wednesday. He will enter Stage 5 when he can engage in full communication practice.
Safety Micah Hyde wears a contactless red shirt and is a limited participant in practice, showing that he has reached the final stage of the protocol.
The rest of the Bills injury report is long. Recipient John Brown, who played through a persistent knee injury in the match against the Patriots, missed the training session. Finishing defense Jerry Hughes (foot), Darryl Johnson (knee), running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), full-back Matt Milano (pec), corner defender Josh Norman (hamstring), and running back TJ Yeldon nor practice.
Milano played only 15 tackles against the Patriots while counting on the pitch for the second consecutive week. He played 19 games against the New York Jets as he went on to try and recover his partially torn chest muscles. Norman hasn’t trained since he injured a hamstring in the training session two weeks ago. Hughes didn’t train last Wednesday but he played 40 snaps against the Patriots.
Six players were restricted from training on Wednesday: Vernon Buter (groin), Cody Ford (knee), Jake Fromm (no injury), Hyde, tackling Quinton Jefferson (knee), and temple guard Brian Winters (knee).
Ford injured his knee in a match against Kansas City Chiefs. He has missed the last two games and trained for the first time on Wednesday since. Ford’s return could come at a convenient time for the Bills, who likely won’t have Morse if he can’t clear the protocol ahead of Sunday’s match against the Seattle Seahawks. With Winters still facing a knee injury, Buffalo will bring all the healthy players they can find.
Butler missed the game against the Patriots and if he can continue training this week and play some role against the Seahawks, the defensive line inside the Bills will be much better.
It is worth noting that midfielder Josh Allen still appeared on the report of shoulder injuries. He’s been in full in every training session since getting injured against the Tennessee Titans. But he’s still dealing with it and wearing a brace.
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