Phillips has sat out the past two games as a healthy inactive. Phillips was a promising defensive tackle out of Stanford in 2018, but he's never really gotten his career on track and a major knee injury sidelined him for most of 2019. While healthy again, he's struggled in his return with just seven tackles and no sacks in six 2020 games. We'll see if he can work his way back into the rotation following the Week 11 bye, but for now he's simply a reserve player on a team that could really use a boost in the middle of its interior D-Line.
Phillips (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game versus the Chiefs, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Phillips and Trent Murphy will both serve as healthy scratches for Monday's conference clash. The Bills' coaching staff hopes this will turn things in the right direction following a disappointing Week 5 loss to the Titans. Quinton Jefferson is expected to be the main beneficiary of Phillips' absence, and Justin Zimmer should rotate in, too.
Phillips is expected to be a healthy scratch Monday versus the Chiefs, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The Bills are expected to bench both Phillips and Trent Murphy on Monday as they try to shake things up following a tough loss to the Titans. Phillips typically logs around 45 percent of the defensive snaps, but now Quinton Jefferson, Mario Addison and to a lesser extent Darryl Johnson will need to step up Monday.
Phillips missed practice Sunday due to an undisclosed reason, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports. Several Bills were the victim of false positive COVID tests this weekend, and Phillips is thought to be one of them. If that's the case, he'll be expected back at practice Monday one he clears some protocols.
Phillips' chances of opening the season as a starting defensive tackle took a big hit when the Bills selected Ed Oliver with the No. 9 pick in the draft. Phillips, a third-round pick a year ago, was supposed to compete with veteran Jordan Phillips for a starting tackle role vacated by long-time Bills stud Kyle Williams, who retired after the season. Instead, both Phillipses look like they'll be used as depth, though we'll at least note the team favors a heavy rotation concept among its defensive line, while starter Star Lotulelei tends to come off the field on passing plays. That said, Harrison Phillips' chances at big numbers this season don't look too promising unless injuries strike.
|* indicates player did not play that week|