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Jaguars won't have TE Julius Thomas against Bills

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas won't play Sunday at Buffalo because of a back injury.

Coach Gus Bradley ruled out Thomas on Friday. It will be the second game Thomas has missed this season and his sixth in two seasons with Jacksonville. The Jaguars (2-8) placed fellow tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf) on injured reserve earlier in the week, leaving Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling to handle the workload at Buffalo (5-5). Koyack and Sterling have caught a combined nine passes for 86 yards this season.

“Seeing how the week was going, we were able to game plan a ton in case this would happen,” said Bradley. “We will just move on, guys will step up, they’ll have their opportunities. Like always, you feel like when guys get their chance, they get a chance to shine, they’ll get it.”

The Jaguars also ruled out starting defensive end Jared Odrick (shoulder), linebacker Dan Skuta (back) and defensive tackle Chris Smith (eye).

Running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle), defensive tackle Abry Jones (ankle), cornerback Aaron Colvin (concussion) and receiver Arrelious Benn (concussion) are questionable.