The Bills' corps of wide receivers will likely be even thinner than usual for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Monday that receiver Robert Woods suffered a sprain to one of his knee ligaments in the win over the Bengals, which makes him all but certain to miss this week's game and potentially more.
The best way the Bills could replace Woods is to get Sammy Watkins back from injured reserve, but Ryan didn't sound like he's expecting much, if anything, from his star receiver this week.
“Uhh, you know, our medical staff is continuing to monitor all of Sammy’s deal," Ryan said. "I guess we’ll see how he progresses through the week. But our medical staff’s on top of everything."
Watkins has been on injured reserve with a foot injury since Sept. 30 and hasn't played since Week Two. He's eligible to be activated Friday but hasn't even been cleared to practice yet, which he's been allowed to do since Nov. 11.
Even if the doctors allow Watkins to practice this week, he may not be ready to play after missing two months.
"I really don’t know how realistic it is," Ryan said of that scenario. "I think I speak on behalf of every Buffalo Bills fan: We all are hoping he can play some. We’ll see how it goes. We’re obviously not going to put him out there if he’s in no condition to play."
Without Woods and Watkins, the Bills will be down to Percy Harvin, Marquise Goodwin, Walt Powell, Justin Hunter and Brandon Tate. Powell missed the Bengals game with an injury; the other four combined for just 69 receiving yards. Goodwin was the leading receiver in Week Seven when Woods missed the game with a foot injury.
One offensive weapon the Bills are expected to have Sunday is running back LeSean McCoy, who had surgery to repair his dislocated left thumb Sunday night in Buffalo.
“That would be big for us obviously because I think right now he’s playing as well as any back in the league," Ryan said. "So that would be nice if he is indeed ready, is going to play."
The only other injury update Ryan had Monday was on safety Robert Blanton, who suffered a foot injury in the game. Ryan said he is likely to miss the Jaguars game.