Matthews makes huge progress

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The Bills got a surprising piece of good news as they returned to work from their bye. 

Wideout Jordan Matthews is considered “day to day” after surgery on his hand/thumb two weeks ago following an injury in the win over the Falcons. 

That kind of injury can be a minor one for most positions, but it’s usually a longer term injury for a receiver where having functional hands is almost the entire job. 

Sean McDermott said the team would find out more about Matthews Tuesday. It would be a huge addition for a team that is desperate for capable pass catchers. 

That desperation is in large part because tight end Charles Clay is still likely out with a knee injury. Officially, McDermott said he was “week to week”. 

“Charles is a big weapon for us. Tyrod trusts him. That’s never easy (to lose him),” McDermott said. “We’re gonna continue to look to spread the ball around and use the weapons we have. This is why you practice. You like to get the ball to different people. That makes it tough to defend.”

Linebacker Ramon Humber also has the “week to week” designation. He also had surgery on his hand/thumb two weeks ago. 

E.J. Gaines and Leonard Johnson will be limited at practice Monday. Shareece Wright is back as a full participant after suffering a groin injury against Atlanta and missing the Bengals game. 

Marcell Dareus is excused from practice Monday because of personal reasons. 

The other roster issue Monday has to do with tackle Seantrel Henderson.

He finished the second five games of a 10-game substance abuse suspension against the Bengals. The Bills then used a one week roster exemption on Henderson during the bye. 

By 4pm Monday, the Bills must either add him to the roster and release a player or release Henderson. 

All McDermott said Monday morning regarding Henderson is that he is on the roster for now. 

McDermott said he used the bye to re-connect with family and get some rest, but he did watch some football and take note of the craziness that is the NFL. The Bills would be a playoff team if the season ended today. 

“You can only control what you can control,” McDermott said. “There’s great parity in the NFL. Every week you have to bring your A game.”

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