ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Payments dominated out beginning security Micah Hyde and defensive sort out Jordan Phillips on Friday, and face query marks at different key defensive positions for his or her AFC East showdown on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Hyde is out after hurting his neck in a 41-7 win over Tennessee on Monday, whereas Phillips injured his hamstring towards the Titans.
The Payments lineup could possibly be thinned additional due to uncertainty concerning the standing of beginning security Jordan Poyer (foot) and beginning cornerback Dane Jackson (neck), who had been additionally harm towards Tennessee. Jackson was taken to a hospital after his head snapped again throughout a collision with a teammate.
In ruling out Hyde and Phillips, coach Sean McDermott was unable to supply a definitive replace on Poyer, and different gamers who both missed or had been restricted in apply this week, together with defensive tackles Ed Oliver (ankle) and Tim Settle (calf).
“It could nonetheless not be definitive after at present, however we’ll take it at some point at a time,” McDermott mentioned.
On the brilliant facet, McDermott mentioned beginning linebacker Matt Milano is anticipated to play after he sustained what the staff known as “a stinger” towards Tennessee.
The thinned Buffalo secondary in making ready to face a Tua Tagovailoa-led Dolphins offence which leads the NFL by two video games with 703 yards passing. Miami (2-0) is coming off a 42-38 win over Baltimore during which Tagovailoa threw for career-bests with 469 yards and 6 touchdowns in rallying the Dolphins from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit.
The Payments (2-0) face the prospect of getting to defend Miami’s receiving tandem of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle by beginning rookie cornerbacks Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam. Although Benford has began each video games, the 2 have have basically break up enjoying time reverse Jackson.
Jackson is a third-year participant who opened the season beginning instead of Tre’Davious White, who continues to be sidelined by a left knee damage.
Hyde and Poyer signify one of many NFL’s prime security tandems since arriving in Buffalo in 2017. Poyer has an interception in every of Buffalo’s first two video games this season, whereas the 2 led the staff with 5 interceptions every final yr.