Head coach Sean McDermott said Thursday that Gaines (knee) "looks like he's ready to go" for Sunday's season finale in Miami, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Gaines injured his knee against the Dolphins two weeks ago during their first matchup of the season and subsequently wasn't available for the Bills' Week 16 game in New England. However, after full participation in practice Thursday, he indeed seems set to make a return.
The Bills struggled without Gaines in Week 16, as his replacement in the lineup, Shareece Wright, exited after suffering a concussion. Leonard Johnson entered the contest in place of Wright and had a hard time keeping up with the Patriots' aerial attack. Gaines' potential return for the season finale against the Dolphins would be an important development with the Bills' playoff hopes on the line.
Gaines (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against New England.
Gaines was sidelined at practice Wednesday before being limited on Thursday and Friday. His absence means that Shareece Wright or Leonard Johnson will take over as a starting cornerback against Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Given the back-to-back practices, albeit in limited fashion, we'd expect Gaines to be on the better side of questionable. If he can't go, the Bills will try to defend Tom Brady's attack with either Shareece Wright or Leonard Johnson starting at corner.
Gaines (knee) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.
Gaines suffered a knee injury in Week 15 and was carted to the locker room, but a limited session Thursday suggests there is some hope he could suit up for a key divisional contest against the Patriots on Sunday. If Gaines is ultimately unable to play, look for Leonard Johnson or Shareece Wright to step up and start at cornerback.
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