The AFC East is buzzing this week and it’s not all positive for the four teams in the division. While the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins have a division title in their vision, key loses of key players to injury could deliver a change of fate.
Such is the narrative of the NFL, right? Any given Sunday a NFL team could see their season take a hit with a significant injury.
That has been the case for the Buffalo Bills on back-to-back weeks. First, they lose cornerback Tre’Davious White, then last week in London high-flying linebacker Matt Milano and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones went down with injuries that will have both out indefinitely.
With the return of Von Miller, these losses don’t sting as much, but still significant losses that will reshape a Bills’ defense that was playing at a high level. While the Bills should be okay in the secondary after signing veteran cornerback Josh Norman this week, other Bills players will need to step up to fill the void left by both Jones and Milano.
Milano is the bigger loss of the two because of his playmaking ability on the defensive side of the ball. Prior to going down with the leg injury, Milano combined for 30 tackles and had two interceptions on the season. While the Jones and Milano injuries look bleak, Bills head coach Sean McDermott offered up an update on both defensive players.
“Both are going to be out,” McDermott told the media. “Matt has a leg injury that requires surgery, and DaQuan has a pec (injury) that requires surgery.”
The question is will either play return by the end of the season?
Even if there is a chance of that playing out, the Buffalo Bills will need other players to step up or explore the trade market for player who could come in and fill those voids. As of now, the Bills called up linebacker A.J. Klein from the practice squad as a potential replacement.