Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - With Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season upon us, the Buffalo Bills worked with a short week, as they to prepare take on their division rival Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.
Although the team was working on a short week with a long list of injuries at practice, Bills head coach Sean McDermott thinks his team will be ready to go.
McDermott joined the "Extra Point Show" on Friday for his weekly appearance on WGR and announced that the team will be without safety Micah Hyde, cornerback Dane Jackson and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips for Sunday's matchup due to injuries.
In addition, Buffalo will be without defensive tackle Ed Oliver for a second-consecutive game, as he recovers from an ankle injury suffered during the season opener.
“It’s never a good time to be missing guys. That said, we have confidence in the guys that are going to be asked to step up and fill those gaps, whether it’s in their position or other positions,” McDermott said with Sal Capaccio and Joe DiBiase.
After the Bills' 41-7 victory on Monday night over the Tennessee Titans, McDermott was really impressed in how his defensive line looked without Oliver, as well as Tim Settle.
When matching up with an improved Tua Tagovailoa under center in Miami, McDermott knows how much talent there is in the Miami offense.
“They’re an explosive offense," he said. "They got a lot of speed with the two receivers [Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle], and then backs in the backfield. And they have the height with [Mike] Gesicki at the tight end position, so a very talented offense.”
The weather in Miami in September is always a challenge for opponents. However, it is not unfamiliar territory for the Bills, with Sunday's matchup being the third time since 2020 where Buffalo will play the Dolphins in September.
McDermott is still aware, though, that it's going to be crucial to keep players hydrated during the game.
“We've got to do a great job in keeping the water flowing and the Gatorade going, and keeping them hydrated throughout the four quarters of the game,” McDermott said.
Hear more of McDermott's appearance during the "Extra Point Show" in the player below: