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Bills get troubling update on breach of All-Pro Safety: Report

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While the Buffalo Bills absolutely dominated the Tennesee Titans 41-7 Monday night soccerThe win was bittersweet as several key members of the team’s starting lineup fell to the ground with injuries, including safety Micah Hyde.

While Bill’s cornerback Dane Jackson left the field in an ambulance after suffering a horrific hit to the head just before half-time, news broke after the game that Hyde also ended up in hospital on September 19 with a neck injury.

The All-Pro safety left the game late in the third quarter after being hit in the head. While Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams shared a positive update on Tuesday, reporting that Hyde was discharged from hospital following medical tests, the 31-year veteran has not attended training since.

On Thursday, September 222, The Buffalo News’ Mark Gaughan shared a disturbing update, reporting that Hyde was “soliciting further consultations” and seeking “an out-of-town expert opinion on his injury.” When asked directly Thursday whether or not Hyde would be present for practice at Highmark Stadium, Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott said: “I’m not going there,” he said.

However, both the athlete‘s Joe Buscaglia and ESPN reporter Alaina Getzenberg tweeted that they saw Hyde in the dressing room at Orchard Park on Thursday, which seems to suggest he didn’t have to travel too far to get a second opinion.

While his presence at Orchard Park bodes well, it seems highly unlikely that the team captain will be ready when the Bills (2-0) play their first division game against the Miami Dolphins (2-0) on Sunday, September 25. If that’s the case, the Bills may need to turn to Jaquan Johnson, their sixth-round pick from the 2019 NFL Draft, to start in his place.

“We believe in the next man,” McDermott said. “We’d love to have these guys out there,” referring to Jackson, Hyde and Co long list from injured Bills players: “But we’ll see how it goes.”

While the team haven’t precisely defined or detailed the severity of Hyde’s injury, there are concerns considering this isn’t the first time he’s suffered a neck injury. In 2015, while Hyde was a member of the Green Bay Packers, he was carted off the field after being caught with what The Score’s Dan Wilkins described as “neck spasms” during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Thankfully, the injury wasn’t serious and he was back on the field two weeks later in the Packers’ season opener against the Chicago Bears. In 2019, he suffered a neck injury in the preseason and sat out a game, according to Banged Up Bills. During the 2020 NFL season, the Bills starter suffered a concussion while playing against the New York Jets and missed a game.

Over the summer, USA Today’s Doug Farrar ranked Hyde as the 12th-best safety in the league. “Hyde ranked seventh on our safety list last year after a 2020 season in which he allowed 15 catches on 27 targets for 143 yards, 46 yards from the catch, one touchdown, one interception and a 67.4 opposing passer rating,” wrote Farrar. “In 2021, Hyde has been more opportunistic and vulnerable, which puts him slightly below where he used to be.”

Hyde, a former fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, is “half of the NFL’s best safety tandem (along with Jordan Poyer),” Farrar continued.

“Hyde played all over the field while Poyer mostly played free safety. Hyde had 278 snaps in the box, 185 in the slot, 628 on the free safety, 51 on the line, and four on the outside cornerback. And in all of those snaps, he was allowing 20 catches on 29 targets for 211 yards, 38 yards from catch, four touchdowns, six interceptions and an 89.9 opposing passer rating. Not quite the shutdown performer he was in 2020, but Hyde has been responsible for many other takeaways as well.”

In Week 3, Poyer’s status is also unknown. While the veteran was limited in training on Wednesday with a foot injury, he did not take part on Thursday. On the FinSide Host Brian Catanzaro tweeted, “Bills SS Jordan Poyer has started 81 of his last 82 games with the Bills. FS Micah Hyde has started 64 of his last 65. They never leave the field on game day and Lezlie Frazier’s D relies heavily on their instincts with 2 high safety looks. What if they both miss Sunday? whoo boy.”

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