Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- At the beginning of the week, it looked to only be a possibility. A couple of days into practice, it ventured into the realm of 'likely.' On Friday, it became a guarantee.
The Buffalo Bills will be without their top two wide receivers when they take on the New York Jets on Sunday. Following the final session of the week, head coach Doug Marrone made the announcement that both Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods have officially been declared 'out' for the team's upcoming game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Marrone had said previously that the rookie Woods would not play due to a high ankle sprain, but there was still a shred of hope for Johnson as the week progressed. Three missed practices later and Johnson's groin injury will keep both him sidelined and the Bills shorthanded with receivers.
With a bye week following this weekend's contest against the Jets, the Bills' next three opponents have a combined record of 4-23 and the thought behind the decision could be to rest the duo and get them ready for the final stretch of the season.
This will be only the second time Johnson has missed a game due to injury since he has become a starting wideout in Buffalo. Without the pair, second-year player T.J. Graham and rookie Marquise Goodwin are the likely starters, with only Chris Hogan and Marcus Easley as the other healthy wide receivers on the active roster.
Woods initially injured his ankle in the second half of the team's game against Kansas City, and Johnson aggravated his groin in the fourth quarter of last week's contest in Pittsburgh.
Safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) and defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) are the only other members of the team's active roster on this week's injury report, and both are probable for the game against the Jets.
The two teams are set to square off Sunday in Orchard Park at 1 pm.