Buffalo Bills CB Dane Jackson, safety Micah Hyde, DT Jordan Phillips vs. rejected. Miami Dolphins

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ORCHARD PARK, NY — The Buffalo Bills will be without several defensive starters in Sunday’s AFC East battle at the Miami Dolphins, with coach Sean McDermott ruling out cornerback Dane Jackson (neck), safety Micah Hyde (neck) and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. (femur) for sport.

The Bills are dealing with a variety of injuries to starters this week as defensive tackles Ed Oliver (ankle) and Tim Settle (calf) are out after safety Jordan Boyer (foot) missed practice time and missed the Bills’ win. on Monday against the Tennessee Titans. The rest of the squad for the game is yet to be shared.

“We’re just going to take it [Poyer’s status] One day at a time,” McDermott said at a news conference Friday. “He’s one of those guys on that team, we’ve got two guys, maybe three or four guys, we’ll have to see what they’re up to. Can be done on Sunday. I will find out a little more today. It may not be certain after today, but we’ll take it one day at a time.”

Jackson, the team’s no. 1 cornerback with Tre’Davious White, still rehabbing from a torn ACL, was taken off the field in an ambulance Monday after teammate Tremaine Edmunds was inadvertently hit during a tackle, but he avoided a major head or neck injury.

Rookie cornerbacks Kaier Elam and Christian Benford are slated to start after rotating opposite Jackson in the first two games. Elam, a 2022 first-round pick of the Bills, will be in line to make his first career start.

Hyde will be replaced by safety Jaquan Johnson, who suffered an injury against the Titans and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

A defense depleted by the Dolphins’ offense, which added wide receiver Tyreek Hill this offseason, will be especially challenging. Hill is third in NFL receiving yards (284) behind teammate Jaylen Waddle (240). Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (270) splits the pair.

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