The week of COVID-19-related absenteeism in Buffalo has come to an end.
The Bills announced Friday that receivers Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, as well as defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Vernon Butler, had been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. To make room for the returning players, Buffalo placed defensive lineman Treyvon Hester on injured reserve and released receiver Rico Gafford and defensive tackle Joey Ivie.
When it comes to coping with the continuing pandemic and accompanying NFL-NFL Players Association regulations, Buffalo has had an interesting week. Bills receiver Isaiah McKenzie received a notice of a fine from the league only days after Beasley, Davis, Lotulelei, Butler, and two other Bills were ordered to quarantine for at least one day (the four named above completed a five-day re-entry cycle). McKenzie was punished for failing to wear a mask inside the Bills facility on numerous occasions, including one day when league representatives were on hand to teach the club on COVID-19 health and safety precautions.
Beasley also revealed Thursday he’d been fined for similar violations.