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Bills activate Dawson Knox from Injured Reserve, TE has 'good chance' to play vs. Chiefs


The Bills have activated TE Dawson Knox from Injured Reserve ahead of the team's Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In a corresponding move, the Bills have released LB A.J. Klein from the active roster.

Knox, a fifth-year veteran, returned to practice this week after recovering from surgery on a wrist injury suffered during the Bills' Week 7 loss to the New England Patriots. Knox has been a full participant in practice this week and head coach Sean McDermott said Knox as a "good chance" to play in Sunday's game in KC. 

In Knox's absence, rookie Dalton Kincaid saw a heavy increase in snaps and became a focal point of the offense. McDermott said Friday that he intends to utilize both tight ends in the offense, which he admitted could be a "good problem to have."

"Dawson's obviously good at the point of attack, strong veteran player and does a good job in the pass game in his own right as well, which I know Dalton does too," McDermott said. "So, blending those two in the right capacity is important.

"So now it's, how do you coexist in the right proportions to make sure we're as productive as we can be and maybe beyond what we've been over the last few weeks. … It's a good problem to have and it's up to us as coaches in figuring that out and that may take a little bit of time."

In the first seven games of the season, Knox had 15 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. In the red zone, Knox caught four of five targets for the touchdown as well as a two-point conversion.

Kincaid, who has caught 31 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns during Knox's absence, said he was excited to have his teammate and mentor back on the field.

"He's made the transition 100 times easier than I ever thought it would be," Kincaid said after practice Friday. "I'm excited for him to be back out there, it's a lot more fun when you're in 12 personnel and you've got a guy in your room out there with you. … It's reassuring to have him out there if I have a question or anything."

Knox has 1,882 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns in his five seasons in Buffalo, where he was selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.