Holmes (quadriceps) was seen practicing in full pads Sunday, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Holmes has been sidelined during practice since Thursday while nursing a quadriceps injury, but coach Sean McDermott never expressed much concern regarding the wideout's health. Holmes is expected to play a depth role in the Bills' receiving corps this season.
Coach Sean McDermott didn't go into specifics, but also indicated Holmes may not be out much longer. The veteran is vying for a depth receiver role after surprisingly leading the Bills in touchdown catches last season with a modest total of three.
Holmes was absent from Thursday's practice due to a quadriceps injury, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
There haven't been any prior reports that Holmes is dealing with a particularly worrisome injury, so the Bills may just be exercising caution with a veteran in the early days of training camp. Holmes is expected to return to the practice field within a few days and continue to stake his claim to a depth role in the Bills' passing attack this season.
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.
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 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.
|P4||8/30/18||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/2/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
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