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Projecting the Bills' inactives against Miami

Each week for the rest of the 2015 season on the BN Blitz blog, we'll look ahead to the Bills' upcoming game by projecting which seven players will be declared inactive by the team.

Two of those seven players are easy – safety Aaron Williams and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin have been ruled out of the game by coach Rex Ryan. Williams has a neck injury and Goodwin is recovering from broken ribs.

With that, here are the Week Three projections against Miami:

• LB Tony Steward: The rookie has yet to make his NFL debut because of a knee injury. He's questionable for the game. Steward figures to be primarily a special-teams player when 100 percent, so there's no reason to rush him back.

• C Gabe Ikard: Kraig Urbik is the Bills' primary interior offensive line backup, so without an injury, it doesn't appear Ikard – who has been inactive the first two games – is closing to cracking the game-day lineup.

• DT Andre Fluellen: The Bills might want some more defensive line depth in hot and humid South Florida, but Fluellen figures to be behind Stefan Charles on the depth chart in that case.

• TE Chris Gragg: The Bills have gone with just three tight ends the first two weeks, and playing time has been limited for the No. 3 player on that list, MarQueis Gray. Like with Ikard, it's hard to see Gragg cracking the lineup without an injury.

• S Duke Williams: The promotion of Jonathan Meeks from the practice squad this week gives the Bills four healthy safeties even with Aaron Williams missing the game. Duke Williams has plummeted down the depth chart and appeared to be out of position last week on a New England touchdown – which his teammates let him know about. When Aaron Williams is healthy, it's fair to wonder if Duke Williams might be playing himself off the roster entirely.

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