Sweeney was back at practice Wednesday after missing Saturday's preseason finale due to a foot injury, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports. The Bills must have viewed Sweeney's injury as minor, given that they cut Jacob Hollister on Tuesday and now only have two true tight ends on the roster -- Sweeney and starter Dawson Knox. The third-year man enters the 2021 campaign as a clear backup to Knox, though for now, he's only one injury away from a key role in a high-powered offense.
Sweeney (foot) will not play in Saturday's exhibition game against the Bears, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports. Sweeney has been sidelined at practice this last week due to a foot injury sustained in the team's preseason opener agaisnt the Lions. He saw 18 offensive snaps in the contest. He is looking to earn a spot on the Bills' 53-man roster providing depth at tight end.
Sweeney didn't practice Sunday due to an apparent foot injury, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports. Sweeney played 18 offensive snaps in Friday's preseason opener against the Lions and hauled in two of his three targets for 34 yards. However, he apparently suffered an injury and was seen in a walking boot Sunday. The Bills haven't yet announced when Sweeney will be able to return.
Head coach Sean McDermott indicated earlier this week that Sweeney (illness) is back to normal after missing most of last season due to effects from COVID-19, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports. "He's off to a great start. He's in a good spot. He's worked his tail off, he's been here most of the offseason," McDermott said. It's been a struggle for the 2019 seventh-rounder out of Boston College, as he caught just eight balls for 114 yards in his rookie season and never saw action in 2020. The Bills have five tight ends with a viable shot of making the roster, but only Dawson Knox seems like a sure bet to make the team. Sweeney could begin 2021 anywhere from No. 2 on the depth chart to being a camp cut.
Bills GM Brandon Beane said Tuesday that Sweeney should be ready for the 2021 season, Thad Brown of WROC-TV reports. Sweeney developed myocarditis as a complication from COVID-19 last season. Beane relayed that Sweeney still has a few more visits with the cardiologist before he's fully cleared, but the 25-year-old tight end is on track to play next year. With Dawson Knox and Jacob Hollister in the fold, Sweeney will be aiming for a depth role during training camp.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/26||Washington Football Team||14||5.00|
|5||10/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||9.00|
|10||11/14||@New York Jets||12||4.00|
|12||11/25||@New Orleans Saints||11||4.00|
|13||12/06||New England Patriots||3||1.00|
|14||12/12||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||7.00|
|16||12/26||@New England Patriots||3||1.00|
|18||01/09||New York Jets||12||4.00|
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|3 Year Avg||6||4||57||0||2||14.25||5|