ORchard Park, NY — The Buffalo Bills are adjusting their practice schedule due to a number of illnesses on the team.
Coach Sean McDermott said five players will miss Wednesday’s practice due to illness, including defensive linemen Jordan Phillips And the Tim Settlefull back Matt MilanoDefensive back Cam Lewis and cannons Reggie Gilliam.
With not enough healthy players available, McDermott said the Bills will do less than 11-11 ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Cleveland Browns.
“We’re going to adjust the practice because we don’t have enough numbers to practice with,” McDermott said. “So we’ll adjust a little bit, we’ll go in there and do some personnel and then we just have to send offense and defense service, so some of that is affected by that.”
quarterback Josh Allen He will also be limited to practice Wednesday with the right elbow injury affecting him last week. During the training portion open to the media, Allen wore a sleeve on his right arm and stood to the side for some drills.
“It’s day in and day out,” McDermott said of Allen’s injury. “And I say that not because anything has changed, but rather that we re-evaluate where we are after today and what tomorrow looks like and what it is and maybe even what practice looks like.
“Practice today allows some players to train the way we train that they wouldn’t normally do because of some injuries. So we’ll just stay flexible.”
The bills also deal with the weather. Several feet of snow is expected in the days leading up to the game, and the team trained indoors Wednesday.
McDermott said the team has been in full communication with the NFL if there are any weather-related changes coming up for Sunday’s game and that plans are in place if the team is unable to come to the facility on Friday and/or Saturday.
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