Stevie Johnson misses practice, fantasy status unclear for Week 6

Tom Szczerbowski

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson missed practice on Wednesday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson did not practice with the team on Wednesday, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR550 Radio. Johnson is dealing with a back injury that's been described as a lumbar strain. He sustained the injury in the team's Week 5 matchup on Thursday.

Johnson left the game against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter, but returned late in the second for a few plays. He ended up going to the locker room at the two-minute warning and did not return after that. It's unclear on what play he suffered the injury.

Johnson had two catches for 19 yards in the game. On the season, he has 20 catches for 254 yards and two touchdowns. The Bills haven't been trying to be a high-flying offense with rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, so the stats are understandable to a point.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson isn't a No. 1 for fantasy owners, but he is a solid No. 2 or No. 3 these days. His status for Week 6 seems positive given that he's listed as day-to-day, but that will become clearer once we see if he practices on Thursday and Friday. He'll probably head into Sunday listed as questionable on the injury report, but the feeling right now is that he'll play. Still, his quarterback may end up being Thaddeus Lewis ... so who knows how that will turn out?

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