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3 things we learned from Sean McDermott's press conference


Before Sunday's practice, Sean McDermott spoke to the media about his impressions of player's performances in Friday's game, injury updates, expectations and more.

Here are three things to know from today's press conference.

1. Injury Update

After Friday's game, there are a few Bills that are dealing with injuries.

WR Isaiah Hodgins suffered a knee injury during Friday's game. McDermott said that is still too early to tell the severity of the injury, but he is day-to-day and see how he responds.

RB Zack Moss (hamstring) didn't play against the Lions and will practice off to the side during practice on Sunday. McDermott said they will try to get him back for the upcoming game in Chicago but he's not there yet, so this is an important three day stretch of practices for Moss.

Wide Receiver's Emmanuel Sanders and Stefon Diggs both did not play in Friday's game. Sanders (foot) is dealing with a foot injury but will get some work in throughout the week. Diggs (knee) won't practice to start off the week but McDermott isn't concerned at this point that the injury will linger.

2. Dion Dawkins will start practicing today

Dion Dawkins was activated from the Reserve/COVID list on Thursday and will practice for the first time on Sunday. He has spent all of Training Camp sidelined with the virus until he was cleared to be back in the building and with his teammates last week. Dawkins will work his way back into the lineup, but McDermott said that there is still a lot that the offensive lineman needs to do before he is game ready.

"He's not close to where he needs to be to play and help us," McDermott said. "So he's got a long road here. So, he's going to control what he can control and so are we. He's got to continue to work hard to get himself back, I mean, going on week four of training camp at this point so he's missed a lot of time."

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3. Increase in Bills' vaccination rates

At the start of Training Camp, Brandon Beane announced that just over 80 percent of the team had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. The team needs to meet the NFL's 85% vaccination threshold in order to relax certain protocols, and they might be a little closer as the Preseason starts. McDermott commented on the vaccination rate of the team and gave some promising news.

"I think we've moved a little bit since we opened camp," McDermott said. "That's about where we are"

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