The Bills announced their Week 15 players the team has placed on the protected portion of their practice squad via the NFL’s transaction wire on Tuesday ahead of their game with the Denver Broncos (5-8) on Saturday.
Since signing wide receiver Jake Kumerow to the team’s 53-man roster, the Bills have consistently protected the same guys on their practice squad the past two weeks. But now we have one change. Defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. out and defensive back Josh Thomas in.
Here’s the full list of player protected on the Bills’ practice squad this upcoming week:
- OL Jordan Devey
- OL Jonotthan Harrison
- DB Josh Thomas
- LB Darron Lee
There’s currently no real reason for the switch, just some speculation can be made. Cox was a player the Bills had protected on the practice squad in the early portions of the season, however, once unprotected, he was never poached by another team. The Bills (10-3) might just be assuming they can make the switch to Thomas without worrying about Cox.
The reasoning for the switch might also be some depth concerns. Safety Jaquan Johnson has been sidelined with an ankle injury recently and he’s a key special teams contributor. As is Taron Johnson, who is Buffalo’s starting slot cornerback.
On defense, Thomas would likely not see reps there without Johnson in the lineup, however, he could be used on special teams and was in Week 10 against the Cardinals. That week the Bills had four players called up from their practice squad on an emergency basis and Thomas was one of them.
For more info on the PS protections, check out our previous explanation on the “protected” practice squad situation, a new addition to the NFL this season, from our Week 1 coverage here:
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the NFL’s owners and players came to an offseason agreement that we’ve seen the first installment of on Tuesday evening. Each team in the league can “protect” four players on their practice squad each week.
The idea is to provide some extra depth for teams in case of a COVID-19 outbreak in a locker room late in the week prior to a Sunday or Monday game. Those four can be called up to the active roster up until Sunday morning prior to kickoff every week.