The Buffalo Bills are going to be without left tackle Cordy Glenn, again, when they face the New Orleans Saints Sunday.
Glenn, who continues to be bothered by foot and ankle problems, didn't practice all week and Friday was declared out for the game.
Rookie Dion Dawkins will start in Glenn's place for the third time this season. Glenn was active, but Dawkins started at left tackle in the Bills' Oct. 8 loss at Cincinnati.
"I’ve been impressed with the way he’s come into the league," coach Sean McDermott said of Dawkins. "His mindset, his approach, he’s an aggressive player, he really fits our personality upfront – what we want to be all about upfront and as an offensive unit. He’s bounced around, (has) played different positions. That’s been a challenge.
"But he’s embraced that challenge the whole way. Really, to this point, he’s played just about 50 percent of the snaps, and then Cordy played 51 percent, I believe it was, give or take. Sunday’s game will not be anything new for him, as far as that goes."
McDermott said Dawkins seems "natural" at left tackle, even though he has played on the right side and has also played guard.
"You saw that over the course of his college career (at Temple), where he played some different positions there, also," the coach said. "Anytime you can find a guy that has that type of position flexibility, that’s a good thing."
Rookie wide receiver Zay Jones (ankle), who also didn't practice all week, will also be sidelined Sunday.
The Bills list tight end Charles Clay (knee), cornerback E.J. Gaines (hamstring) and tackle Seantrel Henderson (back) as questionable.
Henderson joined Glenn and Jones on the sideline for Friday's practice, while Clay and Gaines were limited for the session.
With temperatures in the low 20s, McDermott had his players in New Era Field for Friday's practice. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams joked about the fact there were significantly fewer members of the media on hand than he saw for other sessions this week.
Although McDermott likes to have his team practice in the stadium on the Friday before the home game, there is reason to believe he wanted the Saints, who play in the Superdome, to be aware that the Bills were working in sub-freezing temperatures.
Since arriving in New Orleans in 2006, quarterback Drew Brees has posted a 4-7 record in games played when the temperature is 45 or lower.
Tyrod Taylor Sunday can become the first player in Bills history to run and pass for a touchdown in three consecutive games. He would be the first player to do so in the NFL since Carolina's Cam Newton in 2014. ... LeSean McCoy can become the only the third player in team history to have 150-plus rushing yards in back-to-back home games. The others are Thurman Thomas (1991) and O.J. Simpson (1973). ... The Bills can extend to 14 games in a row their franchise record with 20-plus points at home. The current streak is the longest in the league.