Friday, December 27, 2013
Stevie Johnson, Aaron Williams ruled out
By Mike Rodak
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- In addition to naming Thad Lewis as their starter for Sunday's season finale against the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills ruled out wide receiver Stevie Johnson and safety Aaron Williams for the game.
Johnson remains in California following the death of his mother, whose funeral was held Friday.
Williams injured his ribs in a Week 15 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and did not practice this week.
Quarterback EJ Manuel is doubtful for the game, but has not been officially ruled out.
"It’s a game-day decision, but you’re talking about a player that had a 25 percent chance of playing so we’ll list him like that. Thad will be our starter and then you'll see how the inactives go because there's still a chance of a million things that can happen," Marrone said. "God forbid something happens to Thad, something happens to Jeff [Tuel], we might have to pull Dennis Dixon up. There’s just a lot of things for me to have go ahead and say this is definitely what we’re doing."
Here is the full injury report from Friday:
S Aaron Williams (ribs; did not participate)
WR Stevie Johnson (personal; did not participate)
QB EJ Manuel (knee; limited participation)
WR Marcus Easley (knee; limited participation)
WR Marquise Goodwin (knee; full participation)
QB Thad Lewis (left shoulder; full participation)
DT Kyle Williams (Achilles; full participation)
RB Fred Jackson (ribs; full participation)