Bills defensive tackle Harrison Phillips tore his ACL in Sunday’s game against the Bengals, and is out for the remainder of the 2019 season. Head Coach Sean McDermott confirmed Monday afternoon the injury happened on the Bengals’ final drive of the game.
There is no contact on the play and no missteps. Phillips just seems to go down. Former NFL team doctor and noted Twitter injury expert Dr. David Chao says that’s how more than three-quarters of ACL injuries happen.
“Unfortunate, a young player that’s been developing, was having a very good year and was an important piece of our defense,” said McDermott. “We’ll mend up and guys will step in and step up and we’ll go on from there. Unfortunate, sad, he worked extremely hard but it’ll be good having him around. Brandon and I have spoken about it, we’ll address it as we move forward.”
The second year defensive tackle had three tackles and a half sack in three games this season. His snap count had been steadily progressing upward so far this season.
The Bills have Kyle Peko and Vincent Taylor available at the DT spot on the practice squad to possibly replace Phillips.