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Bills Get Big News on Key Weapon Before Steelers Game



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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis, left, hangs onto a pass from quarterback Josh Allen, for a touchdown, with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) defending during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis suffered a PCL sprain in Buffalo’s win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. While there is no timetable for the injury, Davis has not yet been ruled out but will remain questionable for the team’s game against the Steelers on Sunday.

Davis torched the Steelers last year in Buffalo, catching three passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. They will see more of Khalil Shakir and Trent Sherfield if he cannot go. Shakir has more of his receptions go for a first down or touchdown than anyone else in the league. Sherfield’s play has been more up-and-down, but he did make a circus touchdown grab against the Dolphins on a deflected pass.

They could lean more on other weapons outside of the receiving corps if Davis, who has played the most snaps out of any of their skill players, can not go. For example, the uptick for Dalton Kincaid and Dawson Knox could come. In addition, James Cook and Leonard Fournette could be used more in the passing game. Running back Ty Johnson, the third-down and receiving specialist, has a concussion and could also miss this game.

Davis will be a free agent after the season but has remained with Buffalo since they selected him out of UCF. The 24-year-old receiver is the deep threat of the group, but he is also a key blocker out on the perimeter for a Bills offense that likes to utilize quarterback runs and the screen game. If he is out, it will have a trickle-down effect.

The Steelers and Bills will kick off at 1 p.m. from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on Sunday, Jan. 14. The game will be broadcast on CBS and Paramount+.

The Steelers made the playoffs as the No. 7 and final seed in the AFC. The Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football to wrap as the No. 2 seed.