With Zack Moss gone for the season after suffering an ankle injury in the Bills playoff opener, there was some speculation on which Bills running back might take over Moss’ role going forward.
Sean McDermott ended the speculation Thursday morning.
“T.J. will be the one going up in Zack’s spot. T.J. Yeldon.”
This is not a surprise. Yeldon has been the Bills third running back all season. He’s played in three games with 10 carries for 70 yards. He also has a 22-yard touchdown catch.
“He’s been around here, he’s been a great help,” said left tackle Dion Dawkins. “He’s been doing a great job on scout team getting our defense the perfect physical looks. It’s his turn. TJ is a great dude, a great player, he done showed it, on his past team, on this team that he’s still TJ and he can still ball.”
The question was whether rookie Antonio Williams had done enough in the season finale against Miami to, perhaps, supplant Yeldon in that third RB role. Williams had 63 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and added a 20 yard reception.
While Williams has not climbed any rungs on the depth chart, McDermott did not close the door to Williams also being active for the divisional round playoff game against Baltimore Saturday night.
“We do have a lot of confidence in Antonio,” McDermott said. “We were impressed by what we saw in that game against Miami.”
Aside from the running back situation, the Bills are as healthy as they’ve been all season.
Darryl Johnson is questionable with a knee injury after missing practice all week. Other than that, everyone is good to go.
Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs, who were questionable last week, do not have an injury designation for Saturday. Beasley was limited in practice while Diggs was a full participant on Thursday.
Ed Oliver, Tremiane Edmunds, Justin Zimmer, and Tyler Bass are also good for Saturday.