Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde seeking second opinion on neck injury

News may not be good for the safety of Buffalo Bills Micah Hydehalf of an All-Pro safety duo that only 87 touchdowns allowed in the last five yearsafter sustaining a neck injury Monday night during the Bills’ dismantling of the Tennessee Titans.

Hyde made what appeared to be a routine tackle on Titans wide receiver Robert Brooks when his head hit the ground hard. Training staff attended to Hyde on the pitch before he was able to walk – albeit rather perilously – to the sidelines where he was evaluated in the blue medical tent before being taken to the locker room. The team quickly announced that Hyde had suffered a neck injury and would not be returning to the game.

After the game, it was reported that Hyde had been taken to Erie County Medical Center for further evaluation and tests on his injured neck, but since that time, head coach Sean McDermott has declined to comment on Hyde’s status, diagnosis or treatment. except to tell the media he would not practice for the second day in a row.

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However, The Buffalo News reported that Hyde was seeking a second opinion on his injury and that he was seeking “out of town” for that opinion.

When asked specifically if Hyde was with the team for Thursday’s practice, as were some of the other injured Buffalo players, including cornerback Dane Jackson, who also sustained a neck injury in Monday’s game, McDermott’s only comment was to dismiss a comment.

“I’m not going there,” the head coach said when asked directly if Hyde was in the practice facility.

While it still hasn’t stated the extent of the injury, or even what diagnosis Hyde has already received, it’s not a good sign for the Bills that security is looking for a second diagnosis.

Pure speculation would lead one to believe one of two things: either the diagnosis was wrong and Hyde, who is 31 years old and entering his tenth year in the NFL, doesn’t like the amount of time and/or prognosis for its yield, or the All-Pro safety still feels the effects of the injury (possibly headache, numbness, tingling, balance problems) and wants more clarity about the injury.

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It should also be noted that Hyde sustained a neck injury during a preseason game in 2015 as a member of the Green Bay Packers. Hyde had to be taken off the field with what was reported as “neck cramps” after making an interception in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The August 29 injury recovered and Hyde was able to play and make four tackles in the team’s opening game against the Chicago Bears on September 13 of that season.

While the previous injury may be minor in this case, it could at least provide a safety reference point as he self-evaluates his condition.

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Whatever his reason for seeking a different medical opinion, Hyde is out of practice for the second day in a row and it seems unlikely he will be able to play in Sunday’s game against the currently undefeated Miami Dolphins.

Safety Jaquan Johnson, a third-year player from Miami, is the next man on the Bills roster and may have his time shining in front of the crowd in his hometown. Johnson will have his hands full helping rookie cornerbacks Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam, who are currently filling in for Jackson and Tre’Davious White (PUP), cover fast wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylon Waddle who together made 24 catches for 361 yards and four touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 42-38 come-from-behind win over the Baltimore Ravens last week.

Jordan Poyer also missed practice on Thursday, so Damar Hamlin may also be in the lineup.

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