Kyle Williams week-to-week; McCarron still being evaluated

Sean McDermott updated the status of both players Sunday

Sal Capaccio
August 19, 2018 - 3:50 pm

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Buffalo Bills' head coach Sean McDermott updated the staus of several injured players Sunday, following the team's 19-17 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns Friday night.

Quarterback A.J. McCarron left the game in the first half, but never came out of the locker room after halftime. The Bills announced he was being evlauted for a shoulder injury. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams injured his knee in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room. Punter Cory Carter was carted off the field with a knee injury.

Here's what McDermott had to say about each situation:

On McCarron: "We are still not totally conclusive on the results of the test. We had some tests yesterday. We’re going to do some more. He’s in the process of receiving a second opinion, but really no further updates at this point."

How his injury impacts the team's quarterback situation: “Any time you’re not on the field, it’s not really an ideal situation in that regard. But I have a pretty good feel of what A.J.’s done to this point and what he can do. So we’ll just take it one day at a time.”

Does that mean McCarron is still in mix to be the starter Week 1?: “Let’s take his health status number one, that factors that into [it]. We’ve just got to get through this next stage, it’s one day at a time here and then we’ll go from there. We’ll see. If healthy, we pick up where we left off.”

On Kyle Williams: "More along the lines of week-to-week at this point."

Is there a sense of optimism that Williams will be available to start the season: “Just week-to-week at this point. We’re just going to take it one week at a time. I know that if Kyle can be out there, he’s going to be out there.”

On Williams’ age impacting his recovery and/or status on the team: "I have a lot of confidence in Kyle. Both as a player, as a person, [in] healing. But for right now, he remains week-to-week, so we’ll just have to go from there at this point.”

McDermott said that rookie defensive tackle Harrison Phillips will take Williams' spot in the starting lineup until the veteran returns, and also announced that Carter is out for the season with an ACL injury.

The Bills hit the field after the press conference for practice and will be back on the field Monday morning at 8:45 a.m.

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