Find out who will be joining Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano as inactive for Week 2 for the Buffalo Bills.
The Buffalo Bills knew entering the weekend that they were going to be without two of their starting linebackers as Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano were ruled out Friday. Both linebackers suffered injuries in Week 1 and with Edmunds practicing on a limited basis and Milano not practicing at all, this wasn’t much of a surprise.
The loss of Edmunds and Milano is certainly big for this defense. Tyrel Dodson is expected to start at middle linebacker while A.J. Klein will be the second linebacker when they go to their nickel defense.
As for the third linebacker, this will be a team effort as the Bills will look at a combination of Deon Lacey, Andre Smith, and even possibly Siran Neal in certain passing situations. Lacey is an interesting active because the Bills just added him this week. While he may see some time on defense, he will likely see a majority of his playing time on special teams.
On the positive side, Bills fans for the first time this year will get to see defensive tackle Vernon Butler, who is active for today’s game. He missed last week after dealing with a hamstring but should get a full workload against the Dolphins this week.
In addition to Butler, the Bills second round pick A.J. Epenesa will be active for the first time in his NFL career. He was a surprise inactive against the New York Jets but the question now is how much playing time will he get. The Bills will have nine defensive linemen active for today’s game against the Miami Dolphins.