Marcell Dareus played sparingly against the Panthers.
He may play even less this weekend when the Broncos come to town.
Sean McDermott said Wednesday he is “concerned” about Dareus’ chances to play Sunday.
Dareus will not practice Wednesday.
When it comes to NFL injuries, actions always speak louder than words. The Bills re-signed defensive tackle Deandre Coleman Wednesday. Linebacker Jelani Jenkins was released just eight days after he was signed. McDermott admitted the numbers issue at defensive tackle was the reason Jenkins could not stick around.
Dareus will not be alone on the sidelines Wednesday. Cordy Glenn has a new injury to his right foot to go along with the left ankle. He won’t be at practice Wednesday.
Shaq Lawson will also sit Wednesday, but McDermott is “encouraged” he’ll be ready to go Sunday.
Lorenzo Alexander and LeSean McCoy will have rest days on Wednesday.
The offense continues to be a top issue. McDermott acknowledged his receivers need better separation and win their one on one matchups.
It’s not a shock the Bills are having trouble in the passing game. The receivers are all brand new and their top wideout, Jordan Matthews, didn’t join the Bills until mid-August.
The surprise was how Carolina shut down the running game. Subtract Tyrod Taylor scrambles and the Bills rushed for 18 yards on 16 carries.
“This is one game. Such is life in NFL,” McDermott said. “That’s a good defense we went against. We’ve got to make sure we control the line of scrimmage.”
Offenses are struggling around the league. Many have pointed to a decline in offensive line play and blamed the lack of offseason practice time.
“As teachers, we gotta do good job of stealing reps where we can steal reps and just use walkthroughs as well as we can,” McDermott said.
Things won’t get any easier this week with the vaunted Broncos defense coming to town.
“They’re very good,” McDermott said. “A 2-0 team coming in here. We’re gonna have our hands full. It’s a big challenge.”