Oct 2, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80) is carted off the field during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bills WRs Jamison Crowder, Isaiah McKenzie injured vs. Ravens

Buffalo Bills wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Isaiah McKenzie were injured during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the host Baltimore Ravens.

Crowder was ruled doubtful to return after sustaining an ankle injury. He was carted from the sideline to the locker room early in the third quarter.

The veteran had one catch for 7 yards.

McKenzie absorbed a hit and stayed on the ground after catching an 8-yard pass over the middle with 5:04 left in the quarter. He was able to leave the field on his own, but he was eventually ruled out with a concussion.

McKenzie had four catches for 21 yards and the Bills’ only touchdown of the game at the time.

–Field Level Media

Jun 7, 2022; Thousand Oaks, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Van Jefferson (12) during minicamp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Injury report: Rams WR Van Jefferson (knee) misses practice

Safety Jordan Poyer and receiver Isaiah McKenzie were both full participants for the Buffalo Bills, while wide receiver Van Jefferson of the Los Angeles Rams did not practice, according to the injury report released Tuesday.

The defending Super Bowl champions Rams and visiting Bills open the NFL season on Thursday night.

Poyer missed the entire preseason slate of games after hyperextending his elbow during practice on Aug. 2. He returned to the practice field Sunday and declared himself ready to go.

McKenzie has been dealing with a groin injury that kept him out of practices at the end of August. He is listed as a starter in the slot receiver position for the Bills.

Jefferson was a non-participant again Tuesday as he continues to recover from knee surgery over the summer. His status for Thursday is still up in the air. He’s the only Rams player listed on the injury report.

Also for the Bills, defensive tackle Tim Settle (calf) was a full participant. Meanwhile, offensive lineman Tommy Doyle (foot) and tight end Quintin Morris (hamstring) did not practice.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (19) runs the ball as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Mike Hughes (21) defends during the first half in a AFC Divisional playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Bills ink WR Isaiah McKenzie to 2-year deal

The Buffalo Bills on Sunday announced they have agreed on a two-year contract with veteran wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie.

No further terms of the deal have been released.

McKenzie, 26, was the team’s primary return man in 2021 in addition to his contributions as a receiver on offense.

In addition to his 20 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown, McKenzie also scored a touchdown on the ground (nine carries, 47 yards) and returned a total of 43 kicks.

He had 19 punt returns for 147 yards (7.7 avg) and 24 kick returns for 584 yards (24.3 avg).

McKenzie began his career in Denver after the Broncos drafted him in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He joined Buffalo midway through the 2018 season.

For his career, McKenzie has 99 catches for 922 yards with seven touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Jun 15, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (19) catches a pass during minicamp at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills WR Isaiah McKenzie gets vaccinated after fine

Two days after Isaiah McKenzie was fined nearly $15,000 for violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, the Buffalo Bills wide receiver shared an image on social media showing he had received his first vaccine shot.

McKenzie shared the image in an Instagram story with the caption, “For the greater good.”

McKenzie, 26, has 79 catches for 744 yards and six touchdowns in 50 career games (16 starts) with the Denver Broncos (2017-18) and Bills.

His post Thursday said that he and fellow Bills receiver Cole Beasley had been fined and would be subject to additional discipline for repeat violations, NFL Network reported.

The letter from the NFL posted by McKenzie said that he failed to wear a mask at least twice on Wednesday, once while walking through the indoor fieldhouse and into the training room, and again while in the meeting area of the weight room.

Potential discipline could stretch up to a four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team under the repeat offenders provision in the NFL’s COVID-19 policy agreed upon by the NFLPA.

Beasley, who has been vocal in his anti-vaccine stance, did not disclose the amount of his fine. NFL Network reported it was for the same $14,650.

After a member of the Bills training staff, who was vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, four Bills players were identified as close contacts and required to sit out five days. McKenzie was not one of those players. Beasley, receiver Gabriel Davis and defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Vernon Butler were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The NFL said Thursday that 120 players across the league have received warning letters and 25 have been fined for mask or tracking device violations.

–Field Level Media

Aug 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (19) runs with the ball against Chicago Bears defensive back Marqui Christian (43) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Bills receivers fined nearly $15K for mask violations

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie said Thursday that the NFL fined him nearly $15,000 for violating the rules about wearing masks for non-vaccinated players.

McKenzie and fellow Bills receiver Cole Beasley, who said he was also fined, are subject to additional discipline for repeat violations, NFL Network reported.

McKenzie posted the letter he received from the league on Twitter.

“They got me! @NFL you win!” McKenzie wrote.

“$14,650 damn (prayer hands emoji) Pray for me,” he also posted.

The letter says McKenzie failed to wear a mask at least twice on Wednesday, once while walking through the indoor fieldhouse and into the training room and again while in the meeting area of the weight room.

Potential discipline could stretch up to a four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team under the repeat offenders provision in the NFL’s COVID-19 policy agreed upon by the NFLPA.

Beasley, who has been vocal in his anti-vaccine stance, did not disclose the amount of his fine. NFL Network reported it was for the same $14,650.

“Don’t worry they got me too. But I was wearing a mask when I was in close contact with fully vaxxed trainer who tested positive and still got sent home. So what’s the point of the mask anyways. Meanwhile I’m here still testing negative and can’t come back. Make it make sense.”

The letter from the NFL states that McKenzie received a written warning on July 27 for “refusing to wear a mask and were specifically advised that ‘future violations of the Protocols will result in increased discipline, including for conduct detrimental.’”

After a member of the Bills training staff, who was vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, four Bills players were identified as close contacts and are required to sit out five days. McKenzie was not one of those players. Beasley, receiver Gabriel Davis and defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Vernon Butler were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (19) returns a punt for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Agent: Bills re-sign WR Isaiah McKenzie

The Buffalo Bills have re-signed wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, according to the player’s agent.

“Back to Buffalo,” SportsTrust Advisors posted Tuesday on Twitter. No terms were mentioned.

McKenzie, who turns 26 next month, caught 30 passes for 282 yards and five touchdowns for the AFC East champs in 2020. He played in all 16 games (seven starts) and also threw a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a score.

A fifth-round pick by Denver in 2017, McKenzie has 79 receptions for 744 yards and six TDs in 50 games with the Broncos (2017-18) and Bills (2018-20). He has also carried the ball 29 times for 128 yards and two scores.

–Field Level Media