Bills RB Zack Moss Clears Protocol, but May Not Play: Source
Zack Moss of the Buffalo Bills has completed the concussion protocol and is eligible to participate in Sunday's game against the New York Jets. An insider speculates that if he actually plays versus the AFC East foe could be a different matter.
Moss was hurt in a 9-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 7, departing the game in the second half and entering the league's concussion protocol. The team confirmed on Saturday that he had passed the concussion protocol, but his performance on the field may potentially jeopardize his position.
Moss is tied for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with three this season and sits third on the team in rushing yards with 233, but he has struggled in recent games. Moss and fellow running back Devin Singletary have combined for 182 yards on 54 attempts over the last four games, according to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News, and were particularly ineffectual against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The two combined for 22 yards on nine carries as the Jaguars' defensive line dominated...
Following the game, Bills head coach Sean McDermott stated emphatically that the running game needed to improve.
"That's a tremendous challenge for us right now," McDermott told the Buffalo News. "You have to be able to run the football when it's passed to you." With the backs, I believe we were at nine carries for what, 22 yards? That is insufficient."
Despite the fact that the concussion protocol is no longer in effect, Moss could yet play a reduced role on Sunday. According to Matt Warren of SB Nation's Buffalo Rumblings, he may not play against the Jets as the Bills evaluate whether another backfield duo is more successful.
"However, because Buffalo's run game has stalled this season, Moss may still be inactive." If the Bills need a spark, veteran Matt Brieda may get a game on the active squad while Moss is out," he said. "With Moss now available, Devin Singletary may find himself on the outside looking in."
Another candidate, according to Bradley Gelber of USA Today's Bills Wire, is practice squad running back Antonio Williams. The undrafted free agent had a standout game against the Miami Dolphins in the team's season finale last season, rushing 12 times for 63 yards and two scores, but has yet to appear this season.
The Jets have already stated that stopping the rushing attack is a top focus this week. Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich told reporters that the team's goal is to stop running plays and force the Bills into lengthier third-down scenarios.
"Make them one-dimensional," Ulbrich stated, according to SI.com's Jets Country. "We have to play well on the run." We must make the play action less valid. When we play the run extremely well, it produces longer third downs and longer second downs, giving us more opportunities to pressure and play more coverage-based defenses, allowing us to control the backend a little bit, help with matchups, and hopefully cause a little bit of uncertainty.