The Buffalo Bills are getting much healthier as a whole.

The team is still missing safety Micah Hyde, wide receiver Jamison Crowder and edge rusher Von Miller. Hyde's injury is season-ending, while Crowder could have an outside chance to return by the playoffs.

Miller is out another three games with his lateral meniscus tear, as he is on injured reserve.

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You may have forgotten that rookie cornerback Christian Benford is also on IR.

The cornerback position has been the hardest hit by the injury bug for the Bills this season. Number one CB Tre'Davious White missed the first 11 games after recovering from ACL surgery. Dane Jackson and Benford have battled injury, along with rookie Kaiir Elam.

With Benford on IR and White only having one game under his belt since returning, many fans assumed rookie Kaiir Elam would play and be a factor against the New England Patriots this past Thursday.

That did not happen.

Elam was a healthy scratch, as Buffalo made him inactive for game day.

With White still working his way back and Benford hurt, fans were perplexed as to why Elam was inactive for the game in New England.

After the game, head coach Sean McDermott said that they wanted to get a good look at veteran Xavier Rhodes, who was elevated from the practice squad for the game.

On Monday, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said that the reason to bench Elam came down to "numbers" and "potential special teams contribution."

Frazier also confirmed what McDermott said on Thursday night.

Many Bills fans didn't like Elam getting benched, especially since he was playing well, including myself. I don't get the explanations for why he was benched for Rhodes.

Others feel the same.

In the end, they played a team who struggled on offense, so it didn't make a difference.

Hopefully, this is the one and only time Elam is benched.

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