ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde was placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a neck injury on Saturday.
The starter’s agent Jack Bechta added in a message posted on Twitter that he expects Hyde to be healthy in returning for next season.
Hyde already had been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Miami. He was carted off the sideline in the second half of Buffalo’s 41-7 win over Tennessee on Monday night.
Coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday that the Bills sent Hyde to the hospital to have his injury further evaluated.
The injury represents a big blow for the Bills, who are off to a 2-0 start.
Hyde and Jordan Poyer have established themselves as one of the NFL’s top safety tandems since both signed with the Bills in 2017. The two were tied with a team-leading five interceptions last season.
Buffalo will be without at least four defensive regulars for their AFC East showdown against the Dolphins.
Cornerback Dane Jackson, tackle Ed Oliver and backup tackle Jordan Phillips also were ruled out Friday. Poyer and tackle Tim Settle were among five players listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis.
Rookie cornerbacks Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam are in line to start against a Tua Tagovailoa-led Dolphins offense which leads the NFL through two games with 703 yards passing. Benford and Elam opened the season sharing snaps at the the cornerback spot opposite Jackson.