Holmes (neck) participated with the first-team offense at mandatory minicamp this week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. During preseason 2017, Holmes endured neck spasms in the latter stages but didn't miss time until the stretch run of the campaign. Before his placement on injured reserve Dec. 26 due to a "stiff" neck, he only corralled one of four targets while averaging 17.3 offensive snaps per game across his final six appearances. Even so, Holmes' season-ending stat line of 13-120-3 on 23 targets was uninspiring, to say the least. Beyond Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Jeremy Kerley are better bets than Holmes to earn consistent reps in 2018, when the Bills likely will be trotting out AJ McCarron under center for the bulk of the year.
The Bills placed Holmes (neck) on injured reserve Tuesday, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports. It looks like the neck soreness that sidelined Holmes for Sunday's 37-16 loss to the Patriots was set to keep him sidelined for the season finale against the Dolphins, so the Bills decided to shut the veteran wideout down. With 12 receptions for 113 yards and three scores over the Bills' first eight games, Holmes held a key complementary role in first half of the season, but he was largely phased out of the offense over the past two months. Over his past six outings before the injury, Holmes was targeted just four times, catching one ball for seven yards.
Holmes (neck) won't practice Friday and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. Given that Holmes is a low-volume option in a modest passing offense, his absence in Week 16 is more of a hit to the Bills' depth at wideout than it is to fantasy players. Assuming Kelvin Benjamin (knee) plays Sunday, he'll head the Bills wideout corps this weekend along with Zay Jones and Deonte Thompson.
Holmes (neck) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice. Holmes hasn't caught more than one pass since Week 8 and none of his three TDs this season have come since then. As a low-volume option in a modest passing offense, he's not on the fantasy radar as Sunday's game against the Patriots approaches.
Holmes (neck) isn't practicing Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Holmes battled a stiff neck last week and missed one practice as a result, but ultimately received clearance to play in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Dolphins. With the wideout experiencing no reported setbacks in that contest, it's possible that his absence from Wednesday's session is just for precautionary purposes while he continues to nurse some minor soreness.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|4||09/30||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||27||22.58|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||27||22.58|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||27||14||149||3||9||10.64||32|