The Buffalo Bills are heading down to face the Miami Dolphins this weekend. South Beach! Nice weather! Pitbull!
Except that they're down two linebackers. Matt Milano and Tremaine Edwards are already ruled out for this Sunday's matchup.
Thankfully, based on last week's offensive performance, the Dolphins can't do much anyway, so this shouldn't impact the game too much.
Cornerback Josh Norman is out of Buffalo Bills practice for the third straight day with a hamstring injury.
Norman will likely be out this Sunday, making the Bills extremely thin at corner.
Teams are beginning to get their rosters down to 53 players, and one of those players is Carolina Panthers linebacker Andre Smith.
As mentioned above, Smith is mostly a special-teams player, which unfortunately doesn't always equate to job security.
Smith will likely catch on somewhere else, and quickly, as more waves of cuts should be announced over the next week.
Update: Panthers trade Andre Smith to Bills
Just to keep us on our toes, instead of cutting him, the Panthers are now trading Smith to the Buffalo Bills.
The Buffalo Bills have signed their left tackle Dion Dawkins to a four-year, $60 million extension, keeping him with the team through 2024.
Dawkins was on the final year of his rookie contract.
Listen, this guy is super reliable -- hasn't missed a game, and started most of them -- but this is a lot of money. I get the need for a good offensive lineman, but still. I think Dawkins is an underrated player for sure (most great offensive linemen are), but this is a big money deal.
I hope they plan on paying him this much for what they think he will continue to do, rather than what he already has done, and there's a difference there.
The Buffalo Bills have activated receiver Cole Beasley off of the team's NFI list, meaning he has passed his physical.
Even though I could have sworn he was still a Cowboy, Beasley is entering his second season with the Bills. He started almost every game last season, before beginning camp this year on the PUP list due to a back injury.
Beasley is a solid weapon for QB Josh Allen, and getting back into the swing of things will be beneficial for their production in 2020.
With all these players opting out left and right (it seems), some are still unsure if they're comfortable playing in the NFL amid a pandemic, which is a valid concern.
One of those players is Buffalo Bills corner Tre'Davious White.
This is a totally valid concern and a normal way to go about it. I just talked about how Odell Beckham Jr. had concerns earlier on in the year, and since coming to camp and the facility, felt more comfortable with his decision to remain on the team. This could be the case for White, or he could decide he is just not comfortable with it, and that's okay too.
Players have until 4pm tomorrow (Thursday, August 6) to opt out. There are conditions that allow them to do so later on, such as, if they develop a high-risk condition as the season progresses, or if a family member becomes ill.
I'm told to expect a wave of opt-outs tomorrow, but we shall see.
After agreeing to terms with former New York Jets guard Brian Winters, the Buffalo Bills are planning to release offensive lineman Spencer Long.
Long looked to be the replacement for offensive lineman Jon Feliciano when he tore his pectoral muscle during a workout, but the acquisition of Winters has knocked him out of that spot for the time being.
Long's release saves almost $2.5 million against the Bills' salary cap.
The New York Jets cut guard Brian Winters just yesterday (Sunday), and now he has a new team. The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with Winters on Monday.
The Jets cut Winters presumably to save money against the cap, and while it's unclear what his new terms are as of right now, they should be cautious, as Winters has an injury history.
Bills right guard Jon Feliciano tore his pectoral muscle while working out last week.
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