The Buffalo Bills are now the latest NFL team to have a coronavirus scare.
Starting tight end Dawson Knox tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday morning.
As a result, Buffalo placed a total of four tight ends on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The group includes Knox, Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney, and Nate Becker. All four players will miss Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, though Knox and Smith are the only active players.
Despite the positive test, the Bills and Jets game is still on for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
We’ve made the following roster moves:
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) October 24, 2020
The Bills followed up the news by announcing that linebacker Tyrel Dodson will also miss Sunday’s game. Buffalo placed Dodson on the Injured Reserved list with a hamstring injury.
With the recently open roster spots, the team elevated WR Duke Williams, OL Jordan Devey, LB Andre Smith and CB Dane Jackson from the practice squad.
Both Knox and Dodson are key losses to a 4-2 Buffalo squad.
Knox received three targets from quarterback Josh Allen in each of the four games he’s played in this year. The second-year player will miss his second consecutive week, after missing last Sunday’s game with a calf injury.
In a piece of positive news, Buffalo TE Tyler Kroft will not be put on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The six-year veteran missed the meetings where the position group was exposed to the virus as he celebrated the birth of his daughter, Grace.
Bills TE Tyler Kroft was spared from outbreak that hit his unit Friday, and here’s why: His wife, Alexa, was in labor for more than 24 hours and delivered baby Grace around 5:00 am Friday morning. Tyler Kroft was at practice Friday, but missed the meetings where the virus passed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2020
Kroft and Reggie Gillam are the only two remaining tight end’s on Buffalo’s roster.