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Bills rule out Micah Hyde, Jordan Phillips, Dane Jackson for AFC East showdown vs. Dolphins

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The Buffalo Bills will be without three key defensive players this weekend when they face the division rival Miami Dolphins. Bill’s Coaching Sean McDermott announced on Friday that safety Micah Hydecorner back Dane Jacksonand defensive lineman Jordan Phillips will each be out for the game.

Hyde, second-team All-Pro last season, did not train on Wednesday and Thursday and is out with a neck injury. He sustained the injury while making a tackle from 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 gets a second opinion on the injury. McDermott declined to say on Thursday whether Hyde was with the team that day.

Jackson, the top outside corner of the team in the absence of Tre’Davious White, also sustained a neck injury during the game against Tennessee. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation that evening, but was eventually released. He didn’t train this week either.

Phillips, who has made a great start to his second term in Buffalo with 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits in two games, is out with a hamstring injury.

In the absence of this trio of players, the Bills will rely primarily on the youth. Jaquan Johnson will probably take over in safety next to Jordan Poyer, which is also related to an injury. rookies Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam will probably play most snaps in the corner next to slot man Taron Johnson. Ed Oliver, Tim Settleand DaQuan Jones are likely to play more snaps along the inside of the defensive line while players like Greg RousseauCarlos Basham Jr., and AJ Epenesa could also see more work.

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Against an attack from Dolphins that was both efficient and explosive early in the season, it’s not ideal for the Bills to be without some key defenders. Luckily for them, their own offense is incredibly hard to stop. Maybe it should be even more this weekend.

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