Bills taking bye week off to rest after injury-riddled stretch

Rex Ryan has given his players their upcoming bye week off from practice, presumably because injuries have hit the Bills so hard over the first seven games of their season.

After speaking to reporters after Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Jaguars in London, Ryan isn't scheduled to hold a news conference again until next Monday. His players also do not have scheduled availability with reporters over that period.

Some teams elect to hold at least one practice during their bye week to keep players in a routine, although former coach Doug Marrone also opted not to practice during the Bills' bye week last season.

"Quite honestly, I don't know if I've ever been on a team that needed a bye week worse than we do," Ryan said after the loss. "We got to get some guys back. Not just average football players, but pretty darn good ones. We got to get them back, we got to get healthy and have a heck of a go at it, nine games."

Ryan is "confident" that quarterback Tyrod Taylor (knee) can return after the Bills' bye week, and there's a chance they could also get wide receiver Sammy Watkins (ankle) and others back in the fold next week.