Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Early in the season it was the cornerbacks, then in a few games in it was the quarterbacks and now the injury bug is hitting the wide receiver group especially hard for the Buffalo Bills. Already declaring starting wideout and rookie Robert Woods (ankle) out for Sunday's contest against the New York Jets, the playing status of starter Stevie Johnson (groin) is also in doubt.
"Obviously Stevie has missed two days," head coach Doug Marrone said Thursday. "I don't feel as good about him being to be able to play. But I can't officially rule him out yet."
Johnson has made a habit throughout his career of defying odds and playing through pain to be able to be on the field with his teammates on Sundays. Still, his two missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday severely hurt his chances of being able to play.
With the bye week right around the corner, the Bills may be playing it safe with both of their top wide receivers. That will leave only T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan and Marcus Easley as the healthy receivers on the active roster. Marrone said the team talked about potentially calling up someone at that position, but ultimately declined to do so in favor of having three tight ends and one speedier fullback in Evan Rodriguez.
The Bills did receive some good news however, in the form of their third safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring). He sat out of practice on Wednesday but returned just a day later in a limited role during practice.
"Searcy looked good," Marrone concluded after the session. "I have no issues there unless he has a setback during the week. He should be in great shape."
Defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) returned to practice in full after getting his weekly rest day. The Bills get back on the field for one more practice on Friday in Orchard Park.