One of the best defenses in the NFL just lost one of their most highly-used players. Defensive tackle Harrison Phillips will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
According to Bills Wire, Phillips took the second-most defensive snaps in the Bills’ Week 3 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. He came in behind fellow DT, rookie Ed Oliver.
This is the former third-round draft pick’s second ACL tear. He previously tore his ACL in 2015 during his freshman year at Stanford. He redshirted, re-entering the fold in 2016, playing for two years before being drafted by the Buffalo Bills.
In Week 2 against the Giants, he recorded the first half-sack of his career. He had one fumble recovery last year, but started no games. In 2018 he had 35 total tackles (20 solo and four for a loss of yardage).
ESPN’s Ian Rapoport tweeted out that he was having an MRI on Monday morning. The news revealed an ACL tear serious enough to keep him out for the remainder of the season.
#Bills DT Harrison Phillips, a key part of their depth on defense, suffered a knee injury and is getting it checked out today, source said. He’ll have an MRI.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2019
The Buffalo Bills are easily the most surprising of the remaining seven 3-0 teams. Harrison Phillips provided depth to the defense that the Bills seem to be built around.
The Bills’ next game comes against the undefeated division rival New England Patriots.
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