Orchard Park, N.Y. (WGR 550) - After beating out the snow taking care of the Cleveland Browns in Detroit, the Buffalo Bills will return to the "Motor City" this Thanksgiving for a matchup with the Lions at Ford Field.
It will be a short week for the Bills, which will lead to a few players not getting enough time to recover from injury. This includes the likes of linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and defensive end Greg Rousseau, who are officially out against the Lions. Meanwhile, defensive end A.J. Epenesa, he is officially listed as doubtful, while center Mitch Morse is listed as questionable with an elbow/ankle injury.
As for the potential of finally seeing cornerback Tre’Davious White this week, Bills head coach Sean McDermott is still taking his recovery from a torn ACL nearly one year ago to the day with a "one day at a time" approach.
Even though the Bills were the home team against the Browns on Sunday, they still decided to use the away locker room and away sideline for the contest. During his weekly appearance on the "Extra Point Show" on WGR, McDermott explained his reasoning for that decision, feeling it was important to keep the players in a comfortable position in the same locker room and sideline.
The Bills' running game came alive in their win on Sunday, with both rookie James Cook and veteran Devin Singletary rushing for 86 yards, and Singletary scoring a touchdown. McDermott has been really impressed with how Cook has handled himself, especially since the acquisition of Nyheim Hines from the Indianapolis Colts.
"He handled that extremely well, which is rare for a rookie when we acquire someone at their position," said McDermott with Sal Capaccio and Joe DiBiase. "Sometimes rolls can change and things can shuffle, and James never blinked."
Another player that has been playing extremely well on the defensive side of the ball is linebacker Matt Milano, who has, arguably, playing like an All-Pro at the position this year. Milano was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after his performance in Week 11. McDermott feels it comes down to preparation every week, and believes Milano is very confident week-in and week-out.
“He’s just been a steady performer," McDermott said. "He impacts the game on early downs, as well as late downs, and he has done an incredible job over the last few years."
Going up against the Lions, who have won their last three games, McDermott wants to make sure his team is playing smart, because the Bills know it will be important to take care of the football.
Hear more from McDermott's appearance during the "Extra Point Show" available in the player below: