ORCHARD PARK — On Monday, NFL Network reported that Bills rookie running back Zack Moss will miss the remainder of the postseason after suffering an ankle injury during the fourth quarter of Buffalo’s 27-24 Wild Card playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts. On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Bills signed RB Devonta Freeman to the team’s practice squad, which increased speculation surrounding Buffalo’s plan to replace Moss leading up to its upcoming Divisional Round game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.
Freeman spent the first six seasons of his career with the Atlanta Falcons before signing with the New York Giants earlier this year. During his time in Atlanta, Freeman was selected to two Pro Bowls, both selections coming after the former Falcons RB ran for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In New York, Freeman played in only five games, the last of which being the Giants’ Week 7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He totaled 172 yards and a touchdown on 54 carries in NY.
Along with Freeman, the Bills’ other options to replace Moss this week will be RBs Taiwan Jones, T.J. Yeldon and Antonio Williams.
While being active for 14 of the Bills’ 17 games this season, Jones has been on the field for just four offensive snaps and spends the vast majority of his time on special teams. Yeldon has been inactive since Week 5 when he recorded seven carries for 52 yards and added a 22-yard touchdown reception in a loss to the Tennessee Titans. It will likely be him or Williams in the mix with Freeman to fill Moss’ role. After spending much of the season on Buffalo’s practice squad, Williams exploded onto the scene with 12 carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills’ Week 17 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Moss will not be easy to replace, as he currently stands as the team’s second-leading rusher with 481 yards on 112 carries to go with four touchdowns. Moss has previously missed three games this season due to injury during Weeks 3-5. During that span, Yeldon got the call to replace the rookie RB, while Buffalo’s leading rusher Devin Singletary also saw an increase in usage. In Weeks 3 and 4, Singletary was on the field for nearly 90% of the Bills’ offensive snaps, while in Week 5, he was on the field for 63% of the plays, with Yeldon recording his highest snap count of the season at 39%.