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Emmanuel Sanders officially doubtful for Week 15

Bills WR dealing with knee injury. We look at what it means for Week 15 and beyond.

 Buffalo Bills wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (1) after a first down reception during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Friday update: Sanders is officially doubtful to play this Sunday. Get Gabriel Davis in your lineups.

Thursday update: As expected, Sanders was not present during practice on Thursday.

Wednesday update: As expected, Sanders was a DNP on the Bills injury report for Wednesday.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is dealing with a sprained knee, per Chris Brown. Head coach Sean McDermott believes Sanders is most likely out for Week 15 when the Bills take on the Carolina Panthers.

Sanders had four touchdowns through their first five games, but has seen a decline in the second-half of the season with no games over 28 receiving yards or a touchdown in their last five matchups.

His absence should boost wide receiver Gabriel Davis’ usage up. Davis hasn’t been able to win a full time job during the game, but continues to show that he has good upside. Tight end Dawson Knox could also see an uptick in work.

Fantasy football implications

The Bills are in must-win mode after losing to the Patriots and Buccaneers over the last two weeks, but their matchup with the Panthers isn’t an easy one. But as long as Sanders is out, Davis and Knox have good upside with Josh Allen throwing them the ball.