Up in Buffalo, the big question yesterday was around Stevie Johnson's inability to go in the Thursday practice due to a fall the Bills receiver had in practice on Wednesday. Johnson's momentum on running a fade route carried him off the field and onto a rubber track that rings the team's grass practice field. The change in surface caused the fall and while he tried to play after the incident, Johnson experienced some soreness from the fall yesterday that kept him out.
“He got tight yesterday,” Bills Coach Chan Gailey explained to reporters yesterday. “He could’ve gone out there today, but we kept him out. We think he’ll be back out [on Friday] and be back Saturday and be ready to go Sunday.”
As of last night, the Bills plan to work Johnson back onto the field as soon as today, but of course the main goal is for their star receiver to play Sunday, not Friday. Johnson feels confident in his ability to play, “I could’ve went out there, but coach said, ‘We’ll sit you for this one ... so I have a couple of more days to get it right and then I’ll be out there.”
We fully expect that Johnson will be playing come Sunday, but it's something to at least track over the next few days as the Jets prepare for their home opener this weekend. Should Johnson unexpectedly be unable to go, it will only make the Jets coverage job easier as they deal with the spread offense of the Bills without their top option suiting up.