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Bills LB Matt Milano finished the week with a full practice Saturday and carries no game status into Monday night against the Titans. That's noteworthy after he missed the Week 5 contest in Kansas City with a hamstring injury. Assuming Milano gets back to full playing time, he carries plenty of upside against a Titans offense that has supplied the 2nd most fantasy points to LBs so far.

Bills LB Matt Milano (hamstring) is inactive for tonight's game against the Chiefs. That should mean starter-level playing time for A.J. Klein.

Bills LB Matt Milano is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning for limited work Friday. The late kickoff plus a negative scoring matchup for LBs makes Milano a tough guy to wait for in Week 5 IDP lineups. Try to go another route if you can help it. In deep leagues where you plan to wait, teammate A.J. Klein can serve as insurance. He'd likely see full or near-full time work if Milano sits. Consider available Chiefs, Colts and Ravens LBs as options as well. Elsewhere on the defense, S Jordan Poyer and CB Taron Johnson are ready to return after missing last week. DE Gregory Rousseau is also good to go after opening the week missing practice with a toe injury. CB Tre'Davious White was limited in practice every day with a shoulder issue but carries no injury status into the game. So he should be set for normal playing time as well.

Bills LB Matt Milano left Sunday's win over the Texans with a hamstring injury. We'll see how serious the issue is, but it marks the 3rd straight season that Milano has injured a hamstring. If he is set to miss more time, A.J. Klein would likely step into full-time duty with Tremaine Edmunds. Klein had 5 games last year where he played 88+% of the snaps, as Milano dealt with multiple injuries. The veteran delivered good fantasy numbers over that span, including a stretch with 4.5 sacks over 3 weeks.

Bills CB Taron Johnson is inactive for today's game against the Texans.

The Bills have ruled S Jordan Poyer out for Sunday's game against the Texans. He sprained an ankle in the Week 3 win over Washington but appeared to be fine by the end of the game. That was clearly not the case, as Poyer missed practice all week. Bills CB Taron Johnson (groin) is questionable for the game. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Bills CB Levi Wallace (knee) is active for today's game against Washington.

Bills CB Levi Wallace is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington. He's listed with a knee issue but sandwiched a limited Thursday practice between 2 full workouts this week. We'll update Wallace's status Sunday morning.

Bills LB Matt Milano will miss at least the next 5 days as a close contact to the staff member who tested positive for COVID. It’s the same situation affecting WRs Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, which means Milano is also unvaccinated. Fellow Bills LB A.J. Klein is out for the same reason. As long as both guys test negative, they’ll be back after the 5 days. We’ll see where the situation goes from here

The Bills selected DE Carlos Basham Jr. in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Basham ranks 2nd in this edge class in speed score and 2nd in final-year solo tackles per game. That senior season included just 6 games. Basham racked up 29 tackles for loss in 25 games over the prior 2 seasons, though, including 10 sacks in 2019 alone. He also forced 7 fumbles over his final 2 college campaigns -- including 4 in last season’s 6 contests. Basham is the 2nd edge defender drafted by the Bills this year, following Gregory Rousseau. We'd bet on Basham seeing more playing time early after Rousseau opted out of 2020 and played just 1 college season.

The Bills have selected DE Gregory Rousseau 30th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. Rousseau took a medical redshirt as a 2018 freshman after fracturing his right ankle but then exploded in his 2nd season. He racked up 15.5 sacks among 19.5 total tackles for loss, leading the conference in both categories and earning 2nd-team All-America honors. Rousseau opted out for 2020, though. He may need to add strength and refine his technique before earning consistently strong playing time in the NFL. Rousseau played multiple spots along the line in 2019 but likely lacks the bulk to hold up as an inside rusher early in the pros. In Buffalo, he lands in a great situation for developing his natural ability.

The Bills have agreed to a 4-year, $44 million extension with LB Matt Milano, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal includes $24 million guaranteed. It obviously locks Milano in as a full-timer for at least the next couple of seasons. Milano struggled through hamstring and pectoral injuries last season that limited him to just 3 games of at least 50% playing time. It's particularly telling that Buffalo paid up in spite of that. Milano carries top-20 IDP scoring upside at his position.

The Bills have made CB Tre'Davious White, DE Jerry Hughes and DE Mario Addison healthy scratches vs. the Dolphins today. That points to the team planning to rest starters in general over playing for the win. Keep that in mind if you've been planning to start QB Josh Allen or WR Stefon Diggs in a season-long lineup.

The Bills have activated LB Matt Milano from IR (pectoral) and plan to play him against the 49ers tonight. Coaches haven't revealed details on his role, though. HC Sean McDermott pointed out early in the week that A.J. Klein has been the one playing while Milano has missed weeks. That sounds like a coach hesitant to return even a healthy Milano to full playing time. It's also worth noting that MLB Tremaine Edmunds has scored poorest among Bills LBs across the board in Pro Football Focus grading. Klein, meanwhile, holds a higher coverage grade than even Milano right now and rates among the team's best pass-rushers. If you've been planning to use Klein in your Week 13 IDP lineup, we'd stick with him. We'll see about the role tonight for Milano, who also played limited snaps the 2 games before landing on IR while trying to manage the injury.

Bills S Micah Hyde (ankle) is active for today's game against the Cardinals. He's merely a low-level IDP option but available if you were waiting for him.

The Bills have placed CB Josh Norman on the COVID list after he tested positive. Buffalo has also placed TE Tyler Kroft, CB Levi Wallace and S Dean Marlowe on the list as close contacts. They won't travel for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. That removes a starting corner (Wallace) and the potential replacement for S Micah Hyde if Hyde turns up inactive. He's questionable after sustaining an ankle injury Thursday that kept him out of Friday's practice. So Buffalo could be facing Arizona down 2 of its top 3 outside CBs and starting a 3rd-stringer at safety.

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