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RB Karlos Williams suffered a concussion in the loss to the Giants, and he is now involved in the NFL's concussion protocol, so his status for Sunday is uncertain.
RB Dan Herron was signed to the 53-man roster after being released by the Colts. Herron has played in 25 NFL games.
RB LeSean McCoy did not practice Wednesday due to his lingering hamstring injury, and it's very possible he won't play at Tennessee.
QB Tyrod Taylor endured slow starts in the losses against the Patriots and Giants, but he has rebounded well and he now ranks sixth in the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating at 128.9.
TE Charles Clay ranks fifth in the NFL among tight ends in receptions with 25. His 255 yards receiving ranks second among all tight ends, and his two TDs are tied for first.
WR Percy Harvin leads the Bills with 19 pass receptions, and seven have come on third down, which ranks tied for 16th in the league.
CB Ronald Darby continues to lead the NFL in pass breakups with 11.
WR Robert Woods has caught at least one pass in all 34 NFL games he has played.
SS Corey Graham has 35 tackles, tied for second-most in the league among defensive backs.
FS Aaron Williams returned to practice Wednesday and will likely play in Tennessee.
K Billy Cundiff was signed off waivers Wednesday, and at the very least it looks as if he will handle kickoffs. If Dan Carpenter is released, Cundiff would also handle placements.
WR Denarius Moore was signed to return punts, and the Bills cut Marcus Thigpen to make room for him. Moore was cut by the Bengals and has not played in a game this season.
FS Bacarri Rambo did not practice Wednesday due to a quad injury that he suffered against the Giants. He may not be ready to play this week.
The Bills have to find a way to unleash their pass rush. After piling up 111 sacks the previous two seasons, most in the NFL, the Bills have only seven for 27 yards. Only four of those have come from the highly-regarded, highly-paid defensive line. Despite his mobility, Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota has already been sacked 12 times in his first three games, and if the Bills generate pressure, it will be difficult for Mariota to throw the ball against cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby, who have both been solid.
On offense, the Bills must find a way to run the ball more effectively, and they may have to do it without their top two backs, LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams. Last week the Giants put eight men in the box and the Bills could not move the ball on the ground. If they can run against a defense that ranks 24th in average yards allowed per attempt, it should open up the passing game. The Titans have been susceptible to downfield throws, and that was a missing aspect of the Buffalo offense last week.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Bills DE Mario Williams vs. Titans RT Jeremiah Poutasi. Tennessee has already allowed 12 sacks in three games, and part of the reason has been youth at the tackle spots with Poutasi (third-round rookie) and LT Taylor Lewan (first round, 2014). Williams has had a quiet start to the season, as has the Bills pass rush, but going against a rookie, Williams will be expected to create some pressure on Mariota and force the rookie quarterback into mistakes.
Bills TE Charles Clay vs. Titans SS Da'Norris Searcy. Searcy played his first four NFL seasons with the Bills before leaving via free agency. Clay joined the Bills from Miami in free agency this season so these two have always been combatants (playing twice a year in the AFC East). Clay was Tyrod Taylor's favorite target last week, and with Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy possibly out again, Clay will play an integral role in the passing game.