The Buffalo Bills came off their bye week and handled business on Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers, 27-17. They are now heading into a matchup against the New York Jets in Week 9, but their secondary could be short-handed in the game.
Starting safety Jordan Poyer was injured in the fourth quarter of the game against the Packers and the early diagnosis isn’t very encouraging. Poyer said that it felt like a pop in his elbow and he was undergoing tests earlier this week to see the extent of the injury.
For now, Poyer remains sidelined at practice. Ian Rapoport reported that he is week-to-week with his elbow injury so maybe some of the test results came back relatively clean as Poyer hasn’t definitively been ruled out for an extended period of time.
This isn’t the first elbow injury that Poyer has dealt with this year. He wore a huge brace on it the first game of the season as he was dealing with a hyperextension of his left elbow. In Week 2, he injured his foot and in Week 4 he suffered a rib injury that cost him a game.
But, ever dedicated to his team, Poyer took a bus to play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium as he was not cleared to fly. Overall, Poyer has missed two games thus far this season and counting.
Already without Micah Hyde, this would be a huge loss for the Bills as they are still without cornerback Tre’Davious White as well in their secondary. As long as Poyer is out of the lineup the team will rely on Damar Hamlin and Jaquan Johnson to fill the void.
This season Poyer has 21 combined tackles, one for loss. He has turned into an excellent playmaker at the back end of the defense, leading the two with four interceptions and is tied for the team lead with six passes defended.