Five Bills players still out with illness; Josh Allen full participant in practice

Pass rusher A.J. Epenesa also returned to practice on Monday
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Orchard Park, N.Y. (WGR 550) - While the Buffalo Bills got a few players back from missing Sunday's practice due to illness, five were still out on Monday, including defensive backs Damar Hamlin, Dane Jackson, and Jaquan Johnson.

The team plays on Thursday night this week in an important divisional matchup against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

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Tight end Quintin Morris and wide receiver Khalil Shakir were the other two players not in attendance due to illness on Monday.

In the meantime, left tackle Dion Dawkins (ankle) and defensive and Von Miller (knee) were also out Monday, as the team held its practice inside Highmark Stadium. Miller has already been declared out of the game by head coach Sean McDermott.

The Bills will hold another practice on Tuesday before flying to New England on Wednesday.

There was plenty of positive news on the injury front on Monday, too.

Quarterback Josh Allen, who had either missed or been listed as a limited participant in every practice since injuring his right elbow on Nov. 6 against the New York Jets, practiced in full.

Allen was still listed on Monday's official injury report with his right elbow injury, which means he's still receiving treatment on it, but he took 100% of his normal reps in practice.

Also, defensive ends A.J. Epenesa and Greg Rousseau, along with center Mitch Morse and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, were all full participants Monday. All four of them missed last Thursday's game against the Detroit Lions.

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