Duke Williams and Vincent Taylor land on the reserve/COVID-19 list

By WGR 550 SportsRadio
Buffalo Bills players have been reporting to the team facilities in the last week for COVID-19 testing with practices set to begin in the next week. Wide receiver Duke Williams and defensive tackle Vincent Taylor may not be on the field for the first practice as both have landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Bills WR Duke Williams and DT Vincent Taylor we’re both placed in the reserve/COVID-19 list today, according to the league’s transaction wire.

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) July 29, 2020

Williams and Taylor either tested positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person or people. They can return as soon as they've cleared testing protocols of multiple negative tests in a row.

In 2019, Williams became an interesting figure for the Bills' wide receiver group. After fans clamored for Wiliams to get a chance to start, Williams posted 12 receptions on 19 targets for 166 yards and one touchdown in three starts.

Maybe the biggest impact Williams had was showing the Bills staff in the playoffs against the Houston Texans that Josh Allen needed an upgrade at the starting receiver spot, opposite John Brown. Against Houston, Williams hauled in just 4-of-10 targets for 49 yards.

Taylor played just three games for the Bills last season, after a couple of seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He is a candidate for an increased role on the interior of the defensive line after Star Lotulelei opted out for the 2020 season.

Meanwhile, around the NFL, the Detroit Lions had two of their top offensive players land on the reserve/COVID-19 list in second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson and top wide receiver Kenny Golladay.