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Latest injury updates for Bills WR Gabe Davis ahead of Wild Card game vs. Steelers

Bills WR is dealing with a knee issue going into the Wild Card round vs. the Steelers. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

Gabriel Davis of the Buffalo Bills walks off the field after a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Highmark Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images

Buffalo Bills WR Gabriel Davis has been diagnosed with a PCL sprain after leaving Week 18 vs. the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Davis was unable to return to the game and his status for the Wild Card Round this weekend vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers is up in the air. Davis appears to have a chance to play but it could be difficult.

Davis left early in Week 18 vs. the Dolphins but the Bills were able to hold on and get the win. Buffalo will now host the Steelers in the Wild Card Round as the No. 2 seed in the AFC. A five-game winning streak helped the Bills secure homefield through most of the AFC playoffs. Missing Davis shouldn’t have a huge impact on the Bills’ offense, though he is someone who can stretch the field and keep the secondary honest. Of course, Buffalo still has a guy named Stefon Diggs.

With Davis out most of SNF last week, the Bills used Khalil Shakir heavily as the WR2 behind Diggs. Trent Sherfield also saw plenty of snaps as the third wideout on the depth chart with Davis out. One of Sherfield’s three catches was that wild touchdown grab that helped the Bills to the win. TEs Dalton Kincaid and Dawson Knox were also involved in the passing game. Kincaid had seven catches for 84 yards in the win. So the Bills have plenty of weapons in the passing game if Davis is unable to play vs. Pittsburgh.

Also, it’s worth noting the weather is supposed to be bad. The Bills could abandon the passing game a bit and focus on the run game with James Cook, QB Josh Allen and veteran Leonard Fournette, who was brought in for this specific reason. Fournette saw seven carries vs. the Dolphins in Week 18. Cook was ineffective with 13 carries for 36 yards. Allen led the team with 15 carries for 67 yards.

Don’t expect Davis’ status to move any betting lines dramatically. If anything it could impact the props market a bit. Davis was one of the most inconsistent receivers in the NFL all season. He finished with 45 catches for 746 yards and seven TDs in 17 games during the regular season. That was on 81 targets, so Davis was barely able to convert half his targets into catches. Shakir gets a nice boost if Davis is out but the weather becomes a factor. Don’t expect big games from anyone in the passing game really.

Gabriel Davis injury updates

Friday update: Davis has officially been ruled out for the Wild Card game on Sunday vs. the Steelers. With Davis sidelined, it may not impact the passing game much given the weather that’s expected in Buffalo. Reports and forecasts keep getting worse. So expect a lot of running plays for the Bills (and Steelers) in this contest. Khalil Shakir should see more snaps and start alongside Diggs at WR. Still, it’s tough to trust anyone in the passing game if conditions are bad.

Thursday PM update: Stefon Diggs spoke to the media following Thursday’s practice and his comments may indicate that Davis will be out for the Wild Card round.

Thursday update: Davis was once again missing from practice on Thursday, per Matt Parrino. He’ll likely need to return to practice on Friday to have a good shot at playing in the first round of the playoffs.

Wednesday update: Head coach Sean McDermott said that Davis will not be practicing on Wednesday. The wideout is considered day-to-day.