Buffalo Bills star wide receiver Stevie Johnson suffered a right groin injury during Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he was noncommittal regarding his Week 11 status following the game. Johnson was unable to practice to start the week yesterday, and there’s a very real possibility that Johnson misses this week’s big AFC East rivalry game against the New York Jets. WGR 550’s Joe Buscaglia reports that Johnson still isn’t practicing today, and he will just about be a lock to miss this week’s game if he is unable to participate in tomorrow’s practice session.
Johnson has been hobbled all season with groin and hip injuries, but this groin injury is apparently a new one and not an aggravation of the groin injury he suffered earlier this season. It’s been a tough, draining year for the Bills top wideout, and it should be considered a solid victory that Johnson has managed to average over 50 receiving yards per game this season with three touchdowns.
Robert Woods also missed practice for the Bills yesterday, and Woods was unable to play with an ankle injury that caused him to miss the Steelers game (the USC rookie was listed doubtful, too). The Bills could easily go out there without either of their top two wideouts on Sunday, but the silver lining is that they have a bye week in Week 12. Are they more inclined to rest one or both of them? That’s an interesting question, because a counter to that bye-week-rest logic is the fact that the Bills are playing tough divisional opponent this week in the Jets.