Benjamin questionable for SundayHe missed the first meeting with the Patriots three weeks ago due to a knee injury. Though that knee injury remains an issue, Kelvin Benjamin is looking good to play on Sunday in Foxborough.
"He's doing okay. He's going to work through it," said head coach Sean McDermott. "He'll be limited (in practice) and questionable for the game like a number of other guys at this point. He had a pretty good day (Thursday) so we'll see."
McDermott said the fact that Benjamin came out of last week's game no worse for the wear, after playing 37 snaps against the Dolphins, has allowed him to get more preparation time in on the practice field this week.
So although he's questionable, Benjamin is expected to play this weekend barring a setback.
Without Benjamin in the first meeting, Buffalo's offense struggled managing just three points in a 20-point loss to New England in Week 13.
Benjamin, however, has played against the Patriots this season. Back in Week 4, while still on the Carolina Panthers roster, the big wideout contributed four receptions for 104 yards in a 33-30 upset of New England at Gillette Stadium.
Gaines, O'Leary, Williams also questionableA handful of other Bills players are also questionable for Sunday's game.
"Limited today and questionable for the game will be E.J. Gaines, Nick O'Leary, Kelvin Benjamin, John Miller and Kyle Williams," said McDermott.
Gaines is dealing with a knee injury suffered in last week's game, but has practiced the last two days. O'Leary, who has been dealing with a nagging back injury, also put in two days of practice work. Friday marked the first day that Kyle Williams got on the practice field. He's been playing with a groin injury the past couple of weeks.
Keeping focus on performance not playoff implicationsThe Bills are aware of all the different playoff possibilities concerning their fate as they enter Sunday's game with an 8-6 record. But coach McDermott and his players know their focus has to be on their performance come Sunday.
"I think we all know that that's out there. We acknowledge that," said McDermott. "You've got to get into the dance in order to win the championship. We all know that's the natural progression. That said you don't get into it without focusing on what's immediately in front of us and that's the task of the New England Patriots and us playing our best football. That's really our focus."
Buffalo has the same overall record as the Baltimore Ravens, who play Indianapolis on Saturday, and the Tennessee Titans, who play the L.A. Rams on Sunday at 1 pm.
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