Nsekhe, Croom, and Knox making progress; Morse and McDermott still in concussion protocol

August 18, 2019 - 7:19 pm

After spending a week in the Carolinas practicing and playing a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, the Bills started their work week back in Buffalo on Sunday, preparing for preseason game No. 3 at the Detroit Lions, which is typically a dress-rehearsal for the regular season.

Head coach Sean McDermott updated the media on the status of several injured players prior to practice.

Offensive lineman Garrett McGhin, who suffered an ankle injury during the game, did not practice. Neither did former University at Buffalo cornerback Cam Lewis, who is in the league's concussion protocol after having his neck immobilized as he was taken off the field following a collision.

Center Mitch Morse and offensive lineman Conor McDermott are both still in the league's concussion protocol, as well. Center Russell Bodine is still dealing with an oblique injury.

Tight ends Jason Croom and Dawson Knox, who had hamstring injuries, both practiced. However, McDermott used some caution when addressing their situations. "We're taking it one day at a time with both of them," he said. "I think they've both made some progress but we will see once I get out there today and then tomorrow as well."

The same goes for tackle Ty Nsekhe, who missed Friday's game dealing with a knee injury. "It's coming around," McDermott said. "Today is going to be more of a jog-through type practice anyway. We kind of have an extra day here, but yeah it's coming around."

With so many linemen out, and especially two centers, the coaching staff has been preparing for and giving themselves options. For example, newly acquired OL Ryan Bates played center for the first time EVER in a football game Friday night. Bates actually led the entire team in offensive snaps with 51, and all of them were at center. He played every snap there after Josh Allen and the starting offense left the field, playing center for both Matt Barkley and Tyree Jackson at QB.

Here are a couple videos of the beginning of the light practice Sunday:

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