The Bills knew there was a good chance they would be without the services of Sammy Watkins Sunday after he missed the entire week of practice. Also questionable were fellow receiver Greg Salas and starting CB Ronald Darby. As it turns out the Bills will be without all three against the Cardinals today.
Watkins ailing foot was aggravated during a walk-through practice Monday and he was unable to participate in practice all week. He was described by head coach Rex Ryan as a game time decision as he held out hope the team's top receiver would be able to play in some capacity today.
But Watkins is inactive as is fellow wide out Greg Salas. Salas, who has worked primarily out of the slot this season, sustained a groin injury in practice Thursday and was limited in practice Friday.
The two absences leave Buffalo with just Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Walt Powell and return specialist Brandon Tate at the receiver position.
"I'm just going to go in there and expect to play my game," said Robert Woods. "I always approach the game like I'm a number one receiver. I've just got to step up and make plays. I may get a few more targets, so I've got to be an open target."
Woods has won a lot of routes the first two weeks, but has only seen seven targets so far this season.
Look for Reggie Bush to also play a role as a wide out versus the Cardinals today.
Darby was dealing with a hamstring injury all week and limited in practice. Corey White is expected to start in place of Darby at left cornerback.
"Our mindset won't change," White told Buffalobills.com. "We're going to go out there and do what we do and what we've been trained to do all year and just go out there and play. We can't worry about who is playing. We have to go out there and do what we've been doing."
Buffalo's other inactives include starting left tackle Cordy Glenn, S Colt Anderson, OL Patrick Lewis and QB Cardale Jones.