*Benjamin not practicing *It’s a big week for the Bills as they face their divisional nemesis, the New England Patriots, but on Wednesday, WR Kelvin Benjamin, and a handful of other players, were held out of practice.
“Injury-wise, all these guys for the most part are day to day, starting with Kelvin (Benjamin),” said head coach Sean McDermott. “Mike Tolbert, Eddie Yarbrough, Nick O’Leary and John Miller are all day to day and will not practice. Limited will be Jordan Matthews and Charles Clay.”
Benjamin suffered a torn meniscus in the team’s Week 11 game at Los Angeles and did not practice at all last week. He missed the team’s Week 12 game at Kansas City.
Mike Tolbert has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. John Miller was injured in practice two weeks ago and has an ankle injury. O’Leary and Yarbrough have new injuries that likely stemmed from last week’s game.
*Glenn’s immediate future to be determined *With little in the way of progress for Bills LT Cordy Glenn, Buffalo’s head coach gave indication that they’re close to making a call on the rest of the offensive tackle’s 2017 season.
“I’m not going to go there,” said McDermott on whether he’d consider placing Glenn on injured reserve. “It’s still up in the air at this point. I do think he’s getting better. It’s really more status quo at the present time, until we know more today and tomorrow.”
McDermott said there’s no timetable on Glenn’s potential return.
“He continues to work through it,” McDermott said.
*Having solutions at the ready *The Patriots defense has been uncommonly successful in neutralizing their opponents’ greatest strength when they face them. Coach McDermott has seen New England capably take away what an opponent does best on offense time and again. So how does one prepare for the Pats defense knowing there’s a good chance they’ll have something drawn up to hold their opponents down?
“They do a good job of that, identifying strengths and trying to make other teams beat them in other ways,” said McDermott. “I think that’s a big part of what they do and how they prepare. That’s fairly clear. That’s smart. That’s logical. It makes a lot of sense.
“We have to make sure that’s where the focus gets back on ourselves and what we do. Strengthening our strengths and making sure we improve our weaknesses and that again goes back to focusing on the process and learning from the valuable mistakes that we’ve made. And what wasn’t up to our standard, get those areas up to our standard. That’s a daily, weekly thing in terms of improving what we’ve done.”