ORCHARD PARK, NY — The Buffalo Bills will be without several defensive starters for Sunday’s early AFC East fight at the Miami Dolphins as cornerback Dane Jackson (neck), safety Micah Hyde (neck) and defensive tackles Jordan Phillips (hamstring) and Ed Oliver (ankle) were ruled out.
The Bills are also dealing with injuries to other starters. Safety Jordan Poyer (foot) missed practice time and defensive tackle Tim Settle (calf) is working his way back after missing Monday’s Bills win over the Tennessee Titans. Both are listed as questionable to play against the Dolphins, as are wide receiver Gabe Davis, tight end Dawson Knox and center Mitch Morse.
“We’ll just take [Poyer’s status] one day at a time,” McDermott said in a news conference on Friday. “He’s one of those guys that’s in that group, we’ve got a couple of those guys maybe three or four, that remains to be seen what they’re going to be able to finish on Sunday. Today I know a little bit more. It may not be final after today, but we’ll take it one day at a time.”
Jackson, the team’s No. 1 cornerback with Tre’Davious White, who is still recovering from a torn cruciate ligament, was taken off the field in an ambulance after he was accidentally hit by teammate Tremaine Edmunds while making a tackle on Monday , but he avoided a major head or neck injury.
Rookie cornerbacks Kaiir Elam and Christian Benford will start after rotating against Jackson in the first two games. Elam, the 2022 Bills first-round pick, is about to start his first career.
Safety Jaquan Johnson will start in place of Hyde, who was also injured against the Titans and taken to the hospital for a check-up.
The exhausted defense is particularly challenged by an offense from the Dolphins, which added wide receiver Tyreek Hill this offseason. Hill leads the NFL in receiving yards (284) with teammate Jaylen Waddle (240) third. Bill’s wide receiver Stefon Diggs (270) separates the pair.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34649932/buffalo-bills-rule-cb-dane-jackson-safety-micah-hyde-dt-jordan-phillips-vs-miami-dolphins Buffalo Bills rule out CB Dane Jackson, safety Micah Hyde, DTs Jordan Phillips, Ed Oliver vs. Miami Dolphins