Bills reject Micah Hyde, Jordan Phillips, Dane Jackson for AFC East showdown Dolphins

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The Buffalo Bills will be without three key defensive players this weekend. Bills coach Sean McDermott announced on Friday Safety Micah Hyde, cornerback Dane Jackson and defensive lineman Jordan Phillips will each play in the game.

Hyde, a second-team All-Pro last season, did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and was out with a neck injury. He suffered the injury while tackling Robert Woods during the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans and was eventually taken to the locker room. According to the Buffalo News, He will get a second opinion on the injury. McDermott would not comment Thursday on whether Hyde was with the team that day.

Jackson, the team’s outside cornerback in the absence of Tre’Davious White, suffered a neck injury during the game against Tennessee. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center that evening for evaluation, but was eventually released. He also did not practice this week.

Phillips, coming off a terrific start to his second tenure in Buffalo with 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits in two games, was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

In the absence of these three players, the Bills will rely mostly on youth. Jaquan Johnson will take over at safety next to Jordan Boyer, who is dealing with an injury. Rookies Christian Benford and Keir Elam will play most of the snaps along with slot man Darron Johnson. Ed Oliver, Tim Settle and Daquan Jones will likely play more snaps on the interior of the defensive line, while players like Greg Russo, Carlos Basham Jr. and AJ Ebenesa will also see more work.

Against a talented and explosive Dolphins offense early in the season, the Bills being without several key defenders isn’t ideal. Lucky for them, stopping their own offense is incredibly difficult. There should be more this weekend.

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