Bills WR Matthews could play Sunday

October 18, 2017

Less than three weeks after undergoing thumb surgery, Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews may return to action when the team faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Orchard Park.

Head coach Sean McDermott said the wideout has been cleared to practice but will be limited Wednesday as they continue to evaluate his progress. McDermott said Matthews is still considered day-to-day.

Matthews injured his thumb during the team’s week four win in Atlanta after catching pass and being tackled near the goal line.  

The team signed veteran wideout Deonte Thompson Tuesday to add to the receiving corps after he was released by the Bears last week. McDermott said he likes Thompson’s speed and physical ability to block in the run game. The speed element to open up the downfield passing game is something the Bills have been lacking in through their first five games.

In addition to Matthews, McDermott said cornerbacks E.J. Gaines (groin) and Leonard Johnson (hamstring) will be limited when they take the field for Wednesday’s practice.  

Tight end Charles Clay (knee) and linebacker Ramon Humber (hand/thumb) are still out and not expected to play Sunday. 

Left tackle Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) will be a full participant after missing two games then suiting up but not playing an offensive snap in the team’s last game two weeks ago in Cincinnati. “I think the arrow is pointing in the right direction right now,” McDermott said.

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