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Bills have no players on Covid list for first time since Nov. 2

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The Bills have zero players on the Reserve/Covid-19 list for the first time since Nov. 2 after Thursday's moves. The Bills activated offensive lineman Cody Ford, cornerback Cam Lewis and practice squad tight end Quintin Morris.

After more than nine weeks with at least one player – practice squad or active roster – on the Covid list, safety Micah Hyde was glad for likely a little more stability in the lineup moving forward.

“Oh man, it’s been chaos. It’s been chaos in the sense that you never know what to expect,” Hyde said. “We learned a lot last year, as all this stuff is going on, and guys were in and out because of Covid and all that. This year, just the next-man-in mentality like the boys had, and guys have been stepping up. You never really know what to expect, so all you can do is just put your head down and keep working.”

The team also released running back Antonio Williams from the practice squad Thursday.

Defensive tackle Vernon Butler (illness), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and running back Taiwan Jones (knee) did not practice. Sanders was limited Wednesday, and Jones was a new addition to the injury report.

Defensive end Mario Addison (forearm) was limited, as were defensive tackle Ed Oliver (ankle) and safety Jordan Poyer (shoulder), who was wearing a red non-contact jersey. Poyer was a full participant in Wednesday’s walkthrough.

Safety Jaquan Johnson was a full participant after he missed Wednesday with an illness.

The Falcons, meanwhile, are trending the opposite way with Covid cases. As of Thursday, they had 13 players on the Reserve/Covid list: 11 players from the active roster and two from the practice squad.

Those players are: offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, quarterback Feleipe Franks, wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, tight end Hayden Hurst, defensive linemen Marlon Davidson, Tyeler Davison, and Jonathan Bullard, linebackers Brandon Copeland, James Vaughters, safeties Richie Grant and Jaylinn Hawkins, and practice squad offensive lineman Willie Beavers and linebacker Dorian Etheridge.

As for injuries, cornerback Fabian Moreau (ribs), running back Cordarrelle Patterson (rest) and former Bills tight end Lee Smith (rest) did not practice Thursday.

Allen a finalist

Bills quarterback Josh Allen is a finalist for the 2021 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

The eight finalists, four from each conference, were announced Thursday. The award goes to the player who “best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition,” per the NFL.

The other finalists from the AFC are wide receiver Brandin Cooks (Houston), defensive back Jason McCourty (Miami) and wide receiver Matthew Slater (New England). The NFC finalists are linebacker Lavonte David (Tampa Bay), defensive end Cameron Jordan (New Orleans), fullback Kyle Juszczyk (San Francisco) and wide receiver Adam Thielen (Minnesota).

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