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Sean McDermott “optimistic” Cole Beasley will play in Week 9

We break down the news that Cole Beasley returned to practice Friday.

Cole Beasley #11 of the Buffalo Bills runs the ball after a catch against the Miami Dolphins at Highmark Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

Friday update: Beasley was at practice with a non-contact jersey as he deals with a ribs injury. Head coach Sean McDermott was optimistic about his availability for Week 9.

Thursday update: Beasley missed his second straight practice with a rib injury, per Joe Buscaglia. He is trending in the wrong direction, but a Friday appearance could set him back on course to play.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley didn’t practice on Wednesday, per Buffalo Bills PR. Looking around the Bills beat reporter twitters this seemed like a surprise addition to the injury report that they weren’t expecting. We will have to see if he is able to practice in some fashion this week before guessing how bad his injury is. Beasley has played in all seven of the Bills games and leads the team in receptions.

Fantasy football implications

If Beasley isn’t able to go this would boost the involvement of both Emmanuel Sanders and Gabriel Davis in the passing game. Sanders has been a nice free agency addition for the Bills, but he has taken some of the work away from the younger Davis. Even so, if Beasley is out both of these players have a good matchup. The Jacksonville Jaguars are giving up the ninth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.

Sanders would get boosted to a WR2 consideration while if you are desperate you could FLEX Davis. If Beasley is active, he should be a FLEX consideration with the matchup.