There is a very real possibility that the Buffalo Bills will be without both Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods for this week’s rivalry game against the New York Jets, and the Bills could simply rest both players through the Week 12 bye in order to have them at full strength throughout the remainder of the season. Johnson has been dealing with several ailments this season, with his latest affliction being a groin injury. Johnson has missed just one game this season, and Woods missed his first game last week.
According to WGR 550’s Joe Buscaglia , neither Stevie Johnson nor Robert Woods are at practice today, which leads to more doubts regarding this week’s status. Still, neither receiver was expected to practice today, and Friday’s practice will tell us whether or not the Bills will have Johnson and/or Wood against the Jets. They could play, simply not be healthy enough to play, or receive the week off. The third reason isn’t a stand-alone reason, but it’s an ever-present source of motivation for the Bills to potentially hold both guys out of this week’s contest.
Johnson is easily the Bills best wide receiver, and the star has averaged over 50 yards per game this season. Woods is a solid rookie out of USC, and he has a bit under 40 yards of receiving per game under his belt this season. Woods was listed doubtful last week with an ankle injury and unsurprisingly did not play in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it definitely seems prudent for the Bills to rest him up. They obviously don’t want to go into a division game without their top two receivers, but Johnson’s injury doesn’t look good either.