Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- While the conversation of the day will surely be dominated by the fact that quarterback EJ Manuel won't play Sunday against Miami, a couple of other key components of the starting lineup may be missing for the Buffalo Bills as well.
Due to the unexpected death of his mother, the outlook for starting wide receiver Stevie Johnson to play on Sunday is murky at best. "I don't believe that he will be available for our game on Sunday," head coach Doug Marrone revealed on Wednesday.
Johnson was excused from the team to go be with his family in California, and will likely miss his third contest of the 2013 regular season.
Defensively the Bills got a strong effort from third-year safety Aaron Williams against Jacksonville, with the player forcing two Jaguars turnovers. He injured his ribs in the fourth quarter and was forced to miss the rest of the action, and sat out of practice on Wednesday.
"I think Aaron is going to be 50-50," Marrone said. "I really can’t say right now either way. We’re going to be monitoring that situation and going through that process. That will be it and I’ll be able to comment on that every day."
Besides Johnson and Williams, the Bills labeled Fred Jackson (ribs) and Kyle Williams (Achilles) as non-participants for Wednesday's session. Both veteran players were given a rest day and are expected to be ready for Sunday's contest.
Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus left the Jacksonville game early with an ankle injury, but was a limited participant to start off the practice week. Dareus, cornerback Brandon Smith (ankle) and quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) were those that had to miss reps due to injury.
The Bills and Dolphins get underway on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium for Buffalo's final home game of the 2013 season.