What we learned from Sean McDermott about Bills-Rams week

Matt Milano (58). Buffalo Bills Week 1 practice, September 9, 2020. Photo by Bill Wippert
Matt Milano (58). Buffalo Bills Week 1 practice, September 9, 2020. Photo by Bill Wippert

Buffalo Bills linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano will both join the team for practice Wednesday, head coach Sean McDermott announced.

Edmunds (shoulder) and Milano (hamstring) sustained injuries during the Bills' Week 1 victory over the New York Jets and missed last Sunday's game in Miami. Tyrel Dodson (74 snaps) and A.J. Klein (72) started in their absence.

"They'll both be out there today," McDermott said. "Some in limited fashion and some in normal fashion, so we're going to take it one play at a time once they get out there."

McDermott said no determination has been made regarding either player's status for this Sunday's home game against the Los Angeles Rams.

"Too early [to tell]," he said. "And that's not a strategy thing. It's more we got to see. I need to see, I haven't seen them since we left over the weekend here, what they've been able to do. So, I've gotten reports from our trainer but I want my eyes on it today."

Here are more takeaways from McDermott's mid-week session with the media.

An update on Josh Norman

The veteran cornerback has been on injured reserve since the start of the regular season after sustaining a hamstring injury during training camp. He is eligible to return in Week 4.

"I think he's looking good," McDermott said. "How good remains to be seen. I'll know more in the next week here. So, it's critical this week from an off-the-field standpoint that he is progressing to the point where he is ready to go. I can't tell you right now exactly where he is, but these next [days], Wednesday through Friday and then over the weekend will be big for him."

Wallace showed resiliency in Miami

Levi Wallace earned the starting the job at corner opposite Tre'Davious White with Norman sidelined for much of camp. Though he allowed nine receptions on 12 targets against the Dolphins (according to Pro-Football Reference), McDermott complimented the way Wallace handled adversity in the win.

"Look, they made some good throws and good catches, so that's going to happen from time to time in the NFL," he said. "It's why these guys are pros, the best of the best.

"The thing I appreciate about Levi is he stayed resilient through the game and he found a way, much like our team found a way. He made some big plays for us down the stretch not only in the passing game but in the run game, things that don't get chartered or noticed as much. So, I appreciate his resiliency."

A wrestling connection

One of Buffalo's primary challenges in Week 3 will be slowing down Los Angeles defensive tackle Aaron Donald, a five-time All-Pro and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Asked about what makes Donald special, McDermott cited a part of his own past he shares with the defensive tackle.

"I mean, I think it's really one line: He was a wrestler," McDermott, an accomplished wrestler in high school, said.

"That speaks for itself. Everything that goes into wrestling, man. I watched him warm up in the Super Bowl just on TV and he's warming up like a wrestler. So, if my research is right or my information is right, I think he was a wrestler and a good one. That background serves people well in a lot of ways."

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