Who the Bills protected on their practice squad for Wild Card round

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The Bills announced their Wild Card week players the team has placed on the protected portion of their practice squad via the NFL’s transaction wire on Tuesday ahead of their game with the Indianapolis Colts (11-5).

For the past few weeks, the Bills have made one spot on their practice squad interchangeable while the other three remained the same. That was the case once again this week, however, it’s pretty obviously why that new player was selected this week. Recent free agent signee in wide receiver Kenny Stills replaces undrafted rookie offensive lineman Trey Adams in that spot.

The full group of four including the three that remained are:

  • OL Jordan Devey

  • OL Jonotthan Harrison

  • WR Kenny Stills

  • LB Darron Lee

As mentioned, Stills was recently signed by the Bills and was probably coveted by other teams. With the new NFL rules that allow teams to recall players from their practice squad in the postseason as much as they want, other teams can still attempt to sign them. That hasn’t changed.

Because of that, protecting Stills makes more sense than anyone else that was previously being protected. Stills also likely has a chance to be used in Buffalo’s Wild Card round against the Colts.

For more info on the PS protections, check out our previous explanation on the “protected” practice squad situation, a new addition to the NFL this season, from our Week 1 coverage here:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the NFL’s owners and players came to an offseason agreement that we’ve seen the first installment of on Tuesday evening. Each team in the league can “protect” four players on their practice squad each week.

The idea is to provide some extra depth for teams in case of a COVID-19 outbreak in a locker room late in the week prior to a Sunday or Monday game. Those four can be called up to the active roster up until Sunday morning prior to kickoff every week.

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