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Stevie out for Sunday

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Stevie Johnson's groin injury is going to keep him out of the lineup for the second time in five games.


Stevie Johnson went three straight seasons without missing a game for the Bills. Declared out for this Sunday’s game against the Jets, Johnson will now miss his second game in five weeks. Buffalo’s top receiver has not practiced all week with a groin injury and head coach Doug Marrone officially declared him out following Friday’s practice.

Johnson is hampered by a groin injury, an all too familiar ailment in the receiver’s career. He sustained the injury after making a reception in last week’s game against Pittsburgh.

The Bills are already without number two receiver Robert Woods, who will miss a second straight game with a high ankle sprain. With Buffalo set to have their bye week following Sunday’s game, the Bills are hopeful they will have Woods back healthy coming off their bye.

As far as Sunday is concerned however, Buffalo will go into the game with just four healthy receivers.

"Obviously T.J. (Graham) and Marquise (Goodwin) have played quite a bit,” said Marrone. “We have (Chris) Hogan. (Marcus) Easley played last week, and has done a nice job and played in the preseason. We have three tight ends now that have been active. We have two fullbacks that are active and one of them can run well. We have other options to turn to."

Hogan is expected to handle a good deal of the work in the slot, while Easley will help to fill the void out wide knowing Johnson and Woods will be on the inactive list Sunday.