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Top A.J. Epenesa News

  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Will play Sunday night

    Epenesa (foot) is active for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs.

    Epenesa put in some limited practices toward the end of the week and is able to give it a go. He'll rotate in at defensive end.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Question mark for Sunday night

    Epenesa (foot) practiced on a limited basis for a second straight day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Kansas City.

    Epenesa has become a much bigger factor in the defense compared to his 2020 rookie season, so his presence (he would seem to be on the better side of questionable) matters as the team tries to come up with a scheme that puts some pressure on Patrick Mahomes.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Foot injury surfaces

    Epenesa practiced on a limited basis Thursday due to a foot injury.

    The defensive lineman, whose play has been turning heads in his second season, was able to practice fully Wednesday, so he must have picked up the injury in practice this week. We'll see if he's able to practice Friday ahead of Sunday's big road game in Kansas City.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Body ready for Year 2

    Epenesa, who struggled to transform his body for the pro game in his rookie season, heads into 2021 in better shape, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "He's more explosive," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier noted of the defensive end. "He's really benefited from staying here which was something he couldn't do last offseason, because of all the things that were going on. I'm anxious to see once we get to training camp if some of the things that we're seeing now transfer to what we're going to do when we put pads on. But, man, he looks really, really good at this point."

    Epenesa had to essentially switch positions relative to how he was used to at Iowa, as the Bills run a much different defense. He had problems all season getting his weight right and struggled with just 14 total tackles and one sack in 14 regular-season games. The 2020 second-rounder seems poised to have a bigger role in 2021, though Buffalo tends to run waves of defensive linemen so he's not quite near the IDP radar yet. Still, with young players like Epenesa and Ed Oliver, top picks Gregory Rousseau and Carlos Basham, and veterans like Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison, the Bills could feature a strong defensive line all season.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Ready for Week 15

    Epenesa (head) practiced fully again Saturday and does not have an injury designation for Monday's game at New England.

    This is no surprise for the Iowa rookie, who avoided a concussion following a hit last Saturday against the Broncos. He'll resume his depth role on the defensive line against the Patriots.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: None the worse for wear

    Epenesa, who exited the Week 15 win over the Broncos with. a head injury, was listed as a full participant on Thursday's practice report.

    The rookie from Iowa avoided a concussion, so he appears ready to serve his usual depth role when the Bills take on the Patriots on Monday night. Epenesa has posted a modest 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his first campaign as he continues to get up to speed in the pro game.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Exits with head injury

    Epenesa left Saturday's win over the Broncos to be evaluated for a head injury.

    The rookie second-round pick didn't record a tackle before leaving the contest. Epenesa will need to clear the five-step concussion protocol if one is confirmed.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Back to practice

    Epenesa, who had to leave the team's Week 9 contest against the Cardinals with a concussion, was able to practice fully Wednesday.

    Not that concussions can ever come at the right time, but the rookie from Iowa did get the advantage of the bye to work his way through the protocol and will likely not miss any game action. Epenesa continues to work as a rotational piece as he gets acclimated to the NFL, as he hasn't seen more than 35 percent of the defensive snaps in any game this season.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Sustains concussion Sunday

    Epenesa was ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game versus the Cardinals after suffering a concussion.

    Epenesa has entered the league's five-step concussion protocol. The Bills are on bye next week, so the rookie second-round pick has 14 days to get cleared for a Week 12 matchup against the Chargers.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Sustains injury Sunday

    Epenesa is being evaluated for a head injury during Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

    The team is likely checking Epenesa for a concussion, and if that diagnosis is confirmed, the rookie second-rounder will be done for the day. Epenesa recorded one solo tackle before departing.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 260 lbs
Birthplace: Oak Park, KS
Age: 23
Class: Sophomore