Clay (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Clay was limited in the Bills' first practice of the week Wednesday, but his upgraded status a day later implies that the knee issue isn't anything that will put him at risk of being inactive for Sunday's tilt with the Broncos. The veteran has been one of the few reliable pass catchers in the Bills' green receiving corps this season, hauling in seven of 12 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown through Buffalo's two contests.
Clay was limited at practice Wednesday due to a knee injury.
Limited practices could well become the weekly norm for Clay, though at this stage, we suspect it's simply a case of the team managing the veteran tight end's practice reps with an eye toward keeping him healthy for the long haul. Such a notion would be reinforced by Clay's full return to practice Thursday.
Clay caught all three of his targets for 23 yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
This was a come-down following Clay's big Week 1, where he posted a 4/53/1 line while being targeted nine times. We still think Clay can be the most heavily-targeted guy in the Buffalo offense this season, but the passing game looked so awful in the Carolina loss that the offense in general merits watching. Clay gets a tough matchup this week when the Bills take on the Broncos' sometimes immovable pass defense, but Jason Witten did post 10 catches for 97 yards and a score in Week 2, albeit much of that coming in garbage time.
Clay (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday.
Clay, who caught four of his nine targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' season-opening win over the Jets this past Sunday is thus good to go for the team's Week 2 road tilt against the Panthers. Considering that the Bills wideout corps lacks star power at this stage, Clay is a candidate to sustain both a solid weekly target volume and floor, health-permitting.
Clay caught four of nine targets for 53 yards and a score in Sunday's season-opening win over the Jets.
Clay was hot for a short stretch towards the end of last season, and he seems to have started the new campaign off nicely, as he was Tyrod Taylor's first look on several occasions. The possibility of a knee issue is always going to be there for Clay, but his value was low following two ho-hum seasons with the Bills, and there's a good chance he outkicks that in 2017, especially if the tight end becomes a focal point in an offense without a star wideout.
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