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.
Holmes (neck) won't practice Friday and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Given that Holmes is a low-volume option in a modest passing offense, his absence in Week 16 is more of a hit to the Bills' depth at wideout than it is to fantasy players. Assuming Kelvin Benjamin (knee) plays Sunday, he'll head the Bills wideout corps this weekend along with Zay Jones and Deonte Thompson.
Holmes (neck) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.
Holmes hasn't caught more than one pass since Week 8 and none of his three TDs this season have come since then. As a low-volume option in a modest passing offense, he's not on the fantasy radar as Sunday's game against the Patriots approaches.
Holmes battled a stiff neck last week and missed one practice as a result, but ultimately received clearance to play in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Dolphins. With the wideout experiencing no reported setbacks in that contest, it's possible that his absence from Wednesday's session is just for precautionary purposes while he continues to nurse some minor soreness.
Holmes (neck) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after practicing fully Friday.
Holmes isn't a high-volume option in the Buffalo offense and though the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder does score the occasion red zone TD (overall, he's tallied three in 13 games to date), he's not a high-percentage fantasy lineup option in Week 15, even with fellow big-bodied wideout Kelvin Benjamin still dealing with a knee issue that has him listed as questionable for Sunday's contest.
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