Buffalo Bills’ Von Miller, Jordan Phillips, and Tyler Matakevich Placed on Active/PUP List
In a surprising move, the Buffalo Bills have placed three key players on the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Linebacker Von Miller, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, and linebacker Tyler Matakevich will not be able to practice until they are activated.
While this does not necessarily indicate a serious injury, it does raise concerns about their availability for the upcoming season. Miller, a veteran linebacker, is known for his explosive playmaking skills. He is aiming to play in Week 1 against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, but his placement on the PUP list suggests that his readiness for the season opener is uncertain.
Phillips’ placement on the PUP list is particularly concerning, as it raises questions about his roster spot. The defensive tackle has been a key contributor on the Bills’ defense, and his absence during training camp could give other players the opportunity to showcase their skills and potentially earn a spot on the team.
Meanwhile, Tyler Matakevich has been an impactful special teams player for the Bills. His absence during practice will be felt, as he has consistently made crucial plays on special teams.
In addition to the PUP list placements, running back Nyheim Hines has been added to the non-football injury/reserve (NFI) list. Hines’ placement on the list is a result of a jet ski accident, which is expected to keep him out for the entire 2023 season. This is a significant blow to the Bills, as Hines has been a valuable asset in their backfield.
Further roster changes include the release of tight end Nick Guggemos. In response, the Bills have signed running back Darrynton Evans and tight end Jace Sternberger. Sternberger, who led the USFL in receiving touchdowns in 2022, will be competing with third-year tight end Quinton Morris for a roster spot.
The addition of Evans, a former third-round pick, not only adds depth to the running back position but also provides competition for punt and kickoff return duties.
All these developments come just in time for the start of Buffalo Bills’ training camp, which is set to commence tomorrow morning. As the players hit the field, fans will closely watch the progress of the injured players and the competition for roster spots. There is no doubt that the upcoming weeks will be crucial in shaping the team’s outlook for the 2023 season.
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