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Buffalo Bills place 4 tight ends on the Reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Jets game

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Dawson Knox #88 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch as Marcus Maye #20 of the New York Jets makes the tackle during the second half at Bills Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. Bills beat the Jets 27 to 17.
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The Buffalo Bills have placed four tight ends on the Reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of their Week 7 matchup with the New York Jets.

The Buffalo Bills will be incredibly shorthanded at one position when they take on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium this Sunday.

Four tight ends have been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the Week 7 matchup.

It started when tight end Dawson Knox tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the league’s tracing protocols, three others—Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney and practice squad player Nate Becker—are ineligible to suit up.

This leaves Tyler Kroft and Reggie Gilliam as the only two healthy guys at the position for Sean McDermott‘s squad. Unfortunately, Buffalo doesn’t have a natural fullback on the roster who could have helped the situation.

Even worse for the Bills, Kroft missed Thursday’s practice for non-injury-related reasons. He’s expected to play, but there’s suddenly no wiggle room.

The Jets enter the game the healthiest they’ve been all season. Rookie Denzel Mims is expected to make his professional debut after practicing all week. His team officially activated him on Saturday.

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Cameron Clark is another kid who might see significant action. Clark, after being placed on IR a few weeks ago, was activated with Mims, and considering Alex Lewis will most likely miss the game and George Fant‘s status is up in the air, the kid could see time on the offensive line.

The Jets will most likely be without Lewis (shoulder), Sam Ficken (groin) and Jamison Crowder (groin).

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