EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Bills rookie receiver Zay Jones appeared to avoid a serious knee injury Thursday night after being tripped up by Jets cornerback Buster Skrine during the second quarter of Buffalo's 34-21 loss at MetLife Stadium.
Jones writhed on the turf and needed help getting off the field but as able to return in the second half. He walked gingerly in the locker room after the game and said he hoped to know more Friday after further testing. Coach Sean McDermott didn't have an update on his status.
On replay of the injury, Skrine appeared to stick out his leg after Jones had beaten him on a double move. Bills players wouldn't call it a dirty play, but it certainly rode the line.
"We just got tangled up," Skrine said. "He ran an out-and-up. I stopped and [he] got tangled up on my leg."
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Asked directly if he tripped Jones, Skrine stuck with his initial statement.
"Got tangled up," he said. "Tangled."
Skrine was penalized 5 yards for illegal contact.
"Some DBs force a pass interference if they get beat on double moves," Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said. "Like I said, I would have to see it to say whether it's a dirty play. It was a penalty, the refs called it, but [I] can't necessarily say whether it was dirty or not."
Here's Jones' version: "I ran a double move on him and I guess we just got tangled and my foot got stuck in the ground. I'm not sure [if he tripped me]. Everything happened really fast.
"It didn't feel good," he added, "but [I'll] just wait and see tomorrow."
Jones finished with six catches for 53 yards, both career highs, and scored his first touchdown.
"He said he didn't feel a pop or anything so that's good," receiver Jordan Matthews said. "We just gotta see what it is."
Taylor was asked if the play would've gone for a touchdown had Jones not been tripped.
"Yes, you would like to think so," he said. "Definitely a big gain for us; he would've had to make the safety miss. But it's unfortunate. Hopefully the injury isn't too bad. But luckily it was called."
Taylor called Jones a "warrior" for returning to the game. The Bills have nine days until their next game against the Saints.
"I don't see anybody on that team as a dirty player to do anything like that, so it's probably all incidental," Jones said.