Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cody Ford suffered a knee injury in practice this week and will miss the remainder of the 2020 season, including the playoffs, head coach Sean McDermott announced on Friday.
During his weekly Buffalo Bills Football Friday appearance on the Howard and Jeremy Show on WGR, McDermott said Ford will miss the rest of the season, including the playoffs. Later, while speaking with the local media on his weekly Friday Zoom conference call, he specified that it was a knee injury suffered on Wednesday.
“He had one of those seasons that was on the tougher end eith the shoulder [injury], and then the knee and the ankle here,” McDermott said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR. “We’re looking forward to getting him back healthy and ready to go for the offseason.”
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that Ford suffered a torn meniscus, and that rehab from surgery will take up to 3-4 months.
The second-year offensive lineman has started seven of 10 games this season, missing three due to injury. He played offensive tackle his rookie season last year, but has played exclusively at guard this year.
Morse will start:
McDermott also confirmed that Mitch Morse will return to the starting lineup at center on Sunday when the team faces the Los Angeles Chargers at Bills Stadium. Morse was active, but did not play in the team’s last game against the Arizona Cardinals due to, what McDermott called, a “coach’s decision.”
With Jon Feliciano healthy, that most likely means he will start at one guard spot, with either Brian Winters or Ike Boettger on the other side of Morse.
Brown sits out again:
Wide receiver John Brown will not play this Sunday against the Chargers, as he continues to deal with an ankle injury suffered two weeks ago in the loss to the Cardinals. McDermott said on WGR that the team continues to take things one day, one week at a time with Brown’s injury.
Brown has already missed two games this season, and has been limited in others with knee and calf injuries.
Here’s more of what McDermott had to say with Howard and Jeremy on Friday:
McDermott on Stefon Diggs:
“Any time you’re on the outside looking in, you don’t quite know the person. Now that he’s in our building, he’s been inside our building and on our team, you get a chance to spend time with that person, be around that person for an extended period of time, and you get to know the person, as well as knowing the player a little bit better. That’s been great. He’s done a phenomenal job and couldn’t be happier with what he’s done and how he’s done it.”
“He’s had an influence on our offense because of the type of energy that he brings to our team, the resume that he has as a receiver. It’s great when you can watch a veteran player life [Stefon], Cole [Beasley] or John [Brown] help out our younger players in that room.”
McDermott on Justin Herbert:
“At an early age and from an experience level, he’s young. When you watch him, he plays beyond his years, just in terms of his smarts, his poise, his toughness. He’s got good weapons around him at the tight end and wide receiver position, in particular. He’s off to a real fine start.”
McDermott on the Chargers heading into Sunday’s matchup:
“You see the one-score games in the fourth quarter, which didn’t fall their way, in most of those cases. You see a good football team that’s talented in all three phases. Like every week, I don’t think you can look at records. You’ve got to come out and play your best football, and that’s what we have to do.”
You can listen to the entire interview below:
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