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Quick Hits: McDermott delivers good news on Matt Milano's status

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Milano medically cleared

The Bills have had a few players working their way through concussion protocol over the last few weeks. There was good news on Wednesday for Buffalo’s linebacking corps.

“Matt Milano has cleared the concussion protocol,” said head coach Sean McDermott.

Milano, who left the Week 10 game against the Jets early with a concussion, benefited from the bye week. He was able to practice on a limited basis Monday and did not have a non-contact jersey in practice on Tuesday.

Now that he’s medically cleared, the Bills linebacker is full go for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

Shaq Lawson nicked up

Buffalo has already been down one defensive end the last few weeks with Trent Murphy out with a knee injury. On Tuesday, another defensive end sustained an injury as Shaq Lawson suffered an elbow injury.

“Just late in practice he just tweaked his elbow,” said McDermott. “We’ll take it one day at a time right now.”

Lawson is not practicing on Wednesday. Fortunately, Murphy did return to practice this week. His availability on Sunday would be a help, if Lawson’s status for the Jaguars game is up in the air at the end of the week.

“I thought Trent had a good day Tuesday,” said McDermott. “I’m anxious to see him perform today and stack it on Tuesday’s performance. It would be good to get him back out there (Sunday). Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.”

Murphy has missed the last three games with his knee injury.

Handling trash talk

The Jacksonville Jaguars are known as a mouthy team, particularly on defense. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in his postgame press conference shared how Jaguars LB Telvin Smith kept reminding him how many interceptions he had thrown in the game.

And CB Jalen Ramsey called Bills QB Josh Allen “trash” this past summer leading up to the regular season.

So what is coach McDermott’s approach with his players when it comes to dealing with trash talk from the opponent?

“We do what we do,” said McDermott. “Players are aware of that, in particular with the way the media is today, and social media at that. I don’t think I need to bring it to their attention that that’s being said about them, in particular our starting quarterback. Like I said, the game will be played on Sunday and we have a lot of respect for the opponent.

“(Jalen) made that comment in the offseason. I concern myself with Josh and making sure he’s ready to go.”

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