Here's the Bills news of note for Oct. 28th.
1 - Aaron to reportedly determine future at season's endJarvis Landry may have avoided a suspension for his vicious block on Aaron Williams, but he will still pay a price.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Landry was fined $24,309 for an illegal crackback block. The play has drawn widespread criticism from Williams' teammates, Rex Ryan and former NFL players. This is Landry's second fine in his three-year career. He was also fined $23,152 for abusive language towards an official in 2015.
Unfortunately for Williams, the hit may have a long-lasting impact. Aaron's father, Anthony Williams, told the Associated Press that his son will wait until the offseason to decide if he wants to continue playing football.
This is Williams' second serious neck injury. After the first one suffered in Week 2 last season against the Patriots, he said his return to the NFL was 50-50. He had neck fusion surgery in the offseason, battled his way back and was again a key part of Buffalo's secondary through the team's first seven games.
Ryan said previously that Williams did not suffer a concussion as a result of the hit. But on Thursday, he told the media that Williams could be out indefinitely.
"I don't think there's any doubt there's some long term concern there," Ryan said.
Anthony Williams also told the AP that retirement has yet to be talked about, but Aaron intends to involve his entire family in the decision-making process. Williams' best season with the Bills came in 2013, when he had 82 tackles and four interceptions.
2 - Henderson has to put on the poundsSeantrel Henderson is quickly working his way back from a back injury.
Henderson missed the first four games of the season after being suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. When he was eligible to return to the team, Henderson had been practicing, but hurt his back last week and has yet to be active for a single game this season.
Ryan said that Henderson was a full participant at Thursday's practice, but he's still working to put weight on as a result of his undisclosed medical condition.
"Well, I'm happy for him because before he got hurt he was turning into a hell of a player," offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said. "But he's not quite yet to his weight yet. Right now he's like a small man playing in a big man's body. He's 307 (pounds), the guy played at 345, 350, so I think he has a ways to go to get his strength at and back where he was at. But he's working hard at it and it's good to see him back healthy."
Jordan Mills has started every game for the Bills at right tackle this season. The veteran struggled against Miami however, allowing two sacks and four quarterback hurries. Lynn was asked on Thursday if Henderson can push Mills for that starting position.
"I think Jordan has done enough right now to keep the position," Lynn said. But Seantrel is a talent, he definitely can push him for that position. Definitely."
Henderson was drafted by the Bills in the seventh round in 2014. He started all 16 games as a rookie, becoming the first seventh-round rookie to do so since 2004. He also started 10 games for the Bills last season. His playing weight last year before his medical condition arose was 331 pounds.
3 - McCoy still a question mark for SundayNot much changed with LeSean McCoy's status on Thursday. McCoy missed another day of practice with a hamstring injury and Ryan didn't have much to say about whether McCoy would suit up against the Patriots.
"Not real sure," Ryan said."Probably similar to last week. We'll see how he progresses these next few days."
Last week McCoy was a game-time decision. He rushed for 11 yards on eight carries before pulling himself in the third quarter after experiencing tightness in his hamstring according to Rex Ryan.
There was concern for McCoy's backup, Mike Gillislee, after he was battling a heel injury, but Lynn said that he looked great in practice on Thursday.
In other injury news, an illness continues to sideline several Buffalo starters. NFL tackling leader Zach Brown missed his second consecutive day of practice because of it, and Richie Incognito was also forced to sit out Thursday. Rookie Adolphus Washington returned to practice after sitting out with the illness Wednesday.