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With McCloud out, Bills go against Chargers with four wide receivers

The Buffalo Bills go into Sunday's home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers at New Era Field with just four healthy wide receivers.

Rookie Ray-Ray McCloud still isn't ready to return to the lineup as he deals with a knee injury, so he was declared inactive. He was questionable for the game. That follows veteran Jeremy Kerley being released Saturday in a numbers crunch so that defensive tackle Robert Thomas could be promoted from the practice squad, giving the team four healthy players at that position.

Defensive end Shaq Lawson (hamstring) and cornerback Taron Johnson (shoulder) were previously ruled out after not practicing during the week. With Johnson out, veteran cornerback Vontae Davis is projected to start, with Phillip Gaines moving to the slot. They are joined by inactive list by four healthy players: Guards Ike Boettger and Wyatt Teller, offensive tackle Conor McDermott and tight end Khari Lee.

Inactive for the Chargers are wide receiver Travis Benjamin (foot), defensive end Joey Bosa (foot), tackle Joe Barksdale (knee), defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, center Cole Toner, linebacker Eammnuel Ellerbee and guard Forrest Lamp. Benjamin was questionable for the game.

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