Robert Woods won't play versus Jets

Updated: November 13, 2013, 6:00 PM ET
By Mike Rodak |

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods will not play Sunday against the New York Jets, coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday.

Woods suffered a high ankle sprain two weeks ago and did not play in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Marrone said Monday that he was "leaning" toward sitting Woods another game, which he confirmed Wednesday.

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AP Photo/Seth WenigRobert Woods will not play against the Jets this weekend because of a high ankle sprain.

"I'm not going to string you along during the week," Marrone said. "Robert's not playing."

Meanwhile, the Bills could be without their other top receiver, Stevie Johnson, who did not practice Wednesday.

"Stevie's working hard on the rehabilitation," Marrone said. "He wants to see how it feels later on, and then he's going to see how it feels to go."

Asked if Johnson would be a game-time decision, Marrone said, "I don't know."

However, quarterback EJ Manuel hinted earlier Wednesday that the Bills may already have a good read on Johnson's status.

"We have a good idea of who's going to be out there," Manuel said. "They practiced today, and they all did a great job."

Without Johnson and Woods, the Bills' top three receivers could be T.J. Graham, rookie Marquise Goodwin and Chris Hogan.

In addition to Woods and Johnson, defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles) and safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) missed Wednesday's practice. Marrone said they will resume practicing Thursday.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter


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