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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Ready for big fourth year

    Oliver has stood out in training camp practices while frequently putting pressure on the quarterback in practice plays, Alec White of the Bills' official site reports. Oliver has been decent in his three years as a pro, but he's only shown glimpses of his No. 9 overall pedigree. That could change in Year 4, as he finished the 2021 season strong and now has all kinds of talent around him. While playing time has to be shared on some level -- the Bills have a stacked defensive line and prefer to use frequent substitutions to keep everyone fresh -- we'd be pretty surprised if Oliver doesn't top his career high of 5.0 sacks set in his 2019 rookie season.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Fifth-year option exercised

    The Bills exercised Oliver's fifth-year team option for 2023 on Tuesday. Oliver, who was the Bills' first-round pick in 2019, has totaled 117 tackles, 12 sacks, eight pass deflections and three forced fumbles during his first three seasons in the NFL. Buffalo will likely engage in extension talks with the defensive tackle during the offseason, but he currently remains under team control through the 2023 campaign.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Records sack in win

    Oliver logged four tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 29-15 win over Atlanta. Oliver was limited to half a sack across his first 14 appearances of the 2021 campaign, but he now has a sack in each of the last two games. He hasn't played more than 67 percent of the defensive snaps in any of his appearances this year and has had limited production in spite of his recent uptick in sacks.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Will play through ankle injury

    Oliver (ankle) will be active Week 17 against Atlanta. Oliver has recorded two or more tackles in every game since Week 11, but his status for this week was in question after he served as a limited participant in each practice session. He'll once again take on the starting defensive tackle role -- an area that will see its depth take a hit with Vernon Butler a healthy scratch.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Will play Sunday

    Oliver (chest) will play Sunday against the Buccaneers. Oliver popped up on the injury report this week when he logged a limited practice Thursday. He was able to get in a full practice Friday and should be all set for Sunday. The third-year pro will man one of the interior spots of the Bills' defensive line Sunday against Tampa Bay.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Chest injury surfaces

    Oliver was limited for Thursday's practice due to a chest injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Oliver did practice fully Wednesday, so the key question would seem to be whether he picked up the injury at some point during Thursday's session or if the team is simply managing a trench player's reps as we get to the latter part of the regular season. While Oliver doesn't make a lot of big mistakes on the field, his totals of 25 tackles and a half-sack are somewhat disappointing for a player taken ninth overall in the 2019 Draft.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Set for divisional round

    Oliver (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's divisional-round game against Baltimore. Oliver began the week with back-to-back limited sessions, but he managed to handle full practice reps Thursday. The 2019 first-round pick is all set to handle his usual key role securing the interior of Buffalo's defensive line versus the Ravens.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Limited ahead of divisional round

    Oliver was listed as a limited participant Tuesday due to an ankle injury. The Bills had several players listed as limited for their first session of the week, so we imagine Oliver will pick things up as the prep work moves forward. The 2019 first-rounder had a modest two tackles in Saturday's win over the Colts, but as an interior defender he's less likely to put up eye-popping stats, while the coaching staff continues to praise his strong play.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Sheds injury tag

    Oliver (knee) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's contest in Las Vegas. Oliver managed to log a 'DNP/LP/FP' practice slate while dealing with a knee bruise this week, and it looks like he should be able to handle his usual starting role at defensive tackle. The 2019 first-round pick has generally floated between 50 and 70 percent of defensive snaps this season, so Quinton Jefferson and Harrison Phillips would likely see expanded roles if Oliver were to be restricted in any way.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Nursing knee bruise

    Oliver did not practice Thursday due to a knee issue after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Rapoport says he's been told this is a knee bruise and not a structural issue, which makes sense since at one point Oliver looked to be in great pain during Sunday's win over the Rams but ended up back out there for more action. This may be something that's been bothering Oliver for a while, as he missed some practice work prior to the Week 3 contest with a knee issue before returning to full activity last Friday.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Ready to face Rams

    Oliver (knee) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Rams. Oliver began the week as a non-participant in practice, but he managed to return to full activity Friday. The second-year defensive tackle notched a sack versus Miami in Week 2, and he'll look to keep up that disruptive momentum against the Rams.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Knee issue lingers

    Oliver missed practice Wednesday due to a knee injury. The second-year defensive tackle suffered the injury during Sunday's win at Miami but muddled through it and by all accounts finished the game. With four tackles and a sack, Oliver was a difference maker in the close win. We'll see if he's able to practice on some level Thursday, as there's been no word from the coaching staff that this is more than a minor injury.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Back to the task at hand

    Oliver (sore hip) returned to practice Sunday after sitting out most of the week, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports. It sounds like Oliver will be fine moving forward. The Bills are expecting big things from their second-year lineman after making him the No. 9 overall pick in 2019.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Still missing time

    Coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that Oliver is dealing with a sore hip, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports. Although the 2019 first-round pick has missed valuable practice time, McDermott noted that the Bills are hopeful that Oliver's soreness will subside in the next few days. After racking up 43 tackles (24 solo) and five sacks in his first pro season, Oliver is expected to open 2020 in a starting role at defensive tackle.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Misses Monday's practice

    Oliver missed Monday's practice session due to a hip injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. The 2019 first-rounder had offseason core muscle surgery, but there's no word yet if this is related and/or if he's suffering lingering effects and needs some days off early on in camp.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Facing DWI, weapon charges

    Oliver (abdomen) was arrested Saturday in Houston on charges of driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports. According to the police report, Oliver was asked to take a field sobriety test after he was spotted with an open beer between his legs when deputies pulled over his vehicle. Deputies then proceeded to search his car and discovered a pistol before transporting Oliver to Montgomery County Jail. The Bills are aware of Oliver's arrest and plan to gather more information regarding the incident before issuing further comment. Oliver, who recorded 43 tackles and five sacks in 16 games (seven starts) as a rookie last season, could be subject to discipline from the NFL, regardless of how his legal process plays out.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Battling core injury

    Oliver underwent core-muscle surgery from Dr. Williams Meyers in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports. Oliver previously tweeted that he'd undergone surgery, but the nature of the injury being addressed wasn't clear. The procedure was successful, and it doesn't appear this issue will keep Oliver out of the offseason program in April. The 22-year-old is coming off an excellent rookie season, where he tallied 43 tackles and five sacks over 16 games to be named to the 2019 PFWA All-Rookie Team.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Figuring things out

    Oliver tallied four tackles, two sacks and a pass defensed during Thursday's upset win at Dallas. The first-round rookie was previously passed on the depth chart by Jordan Phillips, but the former now has at least one sack in three straight games, joining Darryl Talley as the only rookies in Bills history to accomplish that feat. Oliver should remain a strong part of the interior-line rotation for the Bills, and he was a true catalyst in the Thanksgiving win.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Tallies another sack Sunday

    Oliver recorded one sack across 22 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Broncos. Oliver now has sacks in back-to-back contests, bringing his season total to three. The rookie is only playing in a little over 50 percent of the defensive snaps this season as he continues to rotate with Jordan Phillips and Star Lotulelei.
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  • Bills' Ed Oliver: Registers second sack

    Oliver recorded three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 37-20 win against the Dolphins. Oliver's usage has tapered off since the Week 6 bye, as he's logged less than 50 percent of defensive snaps in three of the last five games. During that stretch, the rookie first-rounder notched a sack in each game against Miami, accounting for his only two sacks this year. Oliver didn't rack up sacks in college, but he was an explosive run stopper with 53 tackles for loss over three years. Through his first 10 NFL games, Oliver has 23 tackles and just two for a loss. Considering he's only 21 years old, Oliver has plenty of time to develop and replicate his collegiate output at the top level.
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