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Bills Lose Bruising Running Back for Steelers Game



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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette carries the football with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Myles Jack (51) defending during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Buffalo Bills are not elevating former Super Bowl champion running back Leonard Fournette, the team announced. That largely occurred due to injuries at the linebacker and wide receiver positions for the Bills. Receiver Gabe Davis is out with a knee injury, and linebacker Tyrel Dodson is questionable with a shoulder injury. That will affect how they play their run game against the Steelers.

Fournette has not had much success and even mainly worked in a tush-push role against the Dolphins. But Joe Brady has looked to try to fit Fournette into this offense. Against the Steelers, it looked like a matchup where Fournette makes a lot of sense to switch up the stylistic looks that the Bills are giving Pittsburgh.

Klein is a veteran with plenty of experience with the Bills. He played in two games for the team earlier this season, but joined the team in 2020, starting 16 games over the last few seasons for them. Since joining the NFL in 2013, Klein has started 82 games.

Terrel Bernard has played well for the Bills next to Dodson, who is filling in for the injured Matt Milano. If Dodson can not play, Klein will likely see some action along with Dorian Williams, Baylon Spector, and maybe even former Steelers linebacker Tyler Matakevich.

Starting wide receiver Gabe Davis is also out with a knee injury, leading to Isabella coming up.

Davis has been dealing with a PCL sprain suffered during Buffalo’s Week 18 win over the Miami Dolphins. He had two targets without a catch before exiting that game. Buffalo’s No. 2 receiver and top deep threat, Davis has 45 catches for 746 yards, seven touchdowns and 16.6 yards per catch average that leads the Bills.

Davis’ big-play ability is a key to the Buffalo offense. He torched the Steelers for 171 yards in their last regular seasons matchup against the Bills in 2022.