Sunday, October 2, 2022

Breakout Bills WR makes a strong statement on his injury status

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Gabe Davis is as optimistic as can be about playing for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The wide receiver missed Monday’s 41-7 win over the Tennessee Titans after suffering an ankle injury in practice but said he hopes to be back on the field for Sunday’s game. The Bills have suffered a string of injuries that hurt a 2-0 start and put the team in jeopardy ahead of an important division game.

Despite not being able to play the Tennessee Titans on Monday, Davis said he feels good about playing the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

“100 percent,” Davis told reporters Thursday via USA Today’s Bills Wire. “It feels good, really good.”

The report noted that Davis was seen earlier in the week walking without a limp and able to run at full speed during Thursday’s practice.

Though Davis was at the start of what looked like a breakthrough season after ending last year’s playoffs on a hot stretch with a four-touchdown game, the team didn’t miss him much on Monday. Quarterback Josh Allen completed 26 of 38 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns – all in less than three full quarters. The Bills drew most of their starters just before the fourth quarter when they had a 41-7 lead.

Davis is expected to fill the second receiver spot alongside Stefon Diggs and spoke ahead of the season about the chemistry he and Allen have built together.

“You can see it in the way he plays once he gets into a rhythm and understands what’s going on. He’s a man who can’t be stopped and like I said, I have all the confidence in the world to be on the same side as me on the field at 17,” Davis told Rich Eisen in an August interview.

Even if Davis is able to start Sunday, the Bills could be without a number of other key players. Both All-Pro safetys, Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, landed on the injury report this week. Cornerback Dane Jackson also missed practice after sustaining a neck injury in Monday’s win that forced him off the field in an ambulance. He was discharged from hospital early Tuesday but his status for the game remains uncertain.

A number of other players were listed on the injury report, including tight end Dawson Knox and defenseman Jordan Phillips.

It’s not just injuries that hurt Buffalo’s depth. Backup offensive lineman Bobby Hart was also suspended for Sunday’s game over a confrontation that came after Monday’s win.

“As soon as you and your opponent were in the end zone near the tunnel, you confronted him and immediately closed-fisted him, hitting the head of a Tennessee coach,” wrote Jon Runyan, the vice president of football operations at the NFL, in a letter to Hart, about ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “Their aggressive behavior could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high sporting standards expected of a professional.”

The league upheld Hart’s suspension following an appeal this week, leaving the Bills without a key deep player.

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