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Patriots starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn downgraded to out vs. Bills

Patriots starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn downgraded to out vs. Bills

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Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) faces off against New England Patriots offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn (76) on Nov. 1.

The Patriots downgraded starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn to out for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills.

Wynn (hip/ankle) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. The Patriots held a walkthrough Tuesday, and he was estimated as a limited participant. 

Wynn was one of 13 Patriots listed as questionable on Thursday's injury report. The other 12 were limited in practice Thursday. Wynn left the Patriots' regular-season finale last Sunday against the Dolphins after just nine plays.

The Patriots will now be without Wynn, a 2018 first-round pick, as they prep for the third meeting between the two rivals in seven weeks. New England fully relied on the run game in the last weather-afflicted game in Buffalo. Quarterback Mac Jones had just three attempts in windy Week 13, completing two. The Patriots had 222 rushing yards, with the offensive line helping the team march downfield. 

After Wynn left the game so early, the Patriots had Justin Herron, a 2020 sixth-round pick, fill in and he could be tapped again. Herron has started 10 games in two seasons. New England could also move veteran tackle Trent Brown from right to left, and use Mike Onwenu to play right tackle.

Roster moves

The Bills have elevated defensive tackle Eli Ankou and linebacker Joe Giles-Harris from the practice squad for Saturday's game, the team announced Friday. 

The Patriots elevated cornerback De'Vante Bausby and D'Angelo Ross, defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale and wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson. The Patriots elevated the two cornerbacks with Jalen Mills not being cleared to come off the Covid list by Friday's 4 p.m. deadline. 

ESPN going live in morning

Bills fans looking to spend a full day in Orchard Park will have some company in the morning. 

ESPN reporter Dianna Russini tweeted Friday that Bills fans can come by two ESPN shows in the parking lot Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.

"We will be going live for SportsCenter and Saturday NFL Countdown," Russini said. "Come find us!"

The Patriots' 2018 first-round pick will miss Saturday's playoff game against Buffalo after leaving the regular-season finale early due to injury.

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