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Takes back seat on defense

While Elam suited up for Sunday's win against the Jets, he played just one special-teams snap and did not play on defense.

Analysis: The first-rounder was a key piece earlier in the season, but with stud corner Tre'Davious White (knee) back in action and now shadowing the opponent's best receiver, Elam is left competing for time with other players for essentially one spot. Dane Jackson and veteran Xavier Rhodes have been used in that role over Elam, who has sat out three of the past five games due to either injury or coach's decision. He hasn't recorded so much as a tackle since Week 9.

Dec 14, 2022 8:07 PM EST

Will play Sunday

Elam is active Sunday against the Jets.

Analysis: Elam sat out Week 13 against the Patriots as a coach's decision. He'll now return to the field in Week 14, as Xavier Rhodes will now sit as a healthy scratch Sunday.

Dec 11, 2022 8:46 AM EST

Won't play Thursday

Elam (coach's decision) will not play in Thursday Night Football against the Patriots, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Elam missed back-to-back games with an ankle injury before returning against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. However, Bills coach Sean McDermott said the rookie first-round pick still dealt with pain from this issue while playing against Detroit, causing him to slot into a backup role behind Christian Benford, per Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com. While Benford (oblique) was placed on injured Saturday and Elam was considered a full participant in each practice Week 13, he'll still miss his third game in four weeks. As a result, expect Dane Jackson, Xavier Rhodes and Tre'Davious White to serve as the Bills' top cornerbacks against New England.

Dec 1, 2022 4:20 PM EST

Full participant in walkthrough

Elam (ankle) was listed as a full participant on Monday's estimated injury report, according to Chris Brown of the Bills' official site.

Analysis: Elam picked up an ankle injury Week 9 versus the Jets and was sidelined for the following game against Minnesota. The rookie first-round pick returned to practice in full last Friday, but he was still ruled inactive for Sunday's win over the Browns. However, Elam appears to be ready to play again given his status in Monday's estimated sessions, so he'll likely slot back into a reserve role at cornerback against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 21, 2022 3:34 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Elam (ankle) is inactive Sunday against the Browns.

Analysis: Elam was able to log a full practice Thursday, but he apparently is still not fully recovered from the injury, which also forced him out against the Vikings last Sunday. The rookie corner will try to be ready for Thanksgiving against the Lions, while Christian Benford will likely get increased opportunity Sunday against Cleveland.

Nov 20, 2022 8:37 AM EST

Full go Thursday

Elam (ankle) was listed as a full participant on the Bills' practice report Thursday.

Analysis: Elam picked up an ankle injury during the Bills' Week 9 loss to the Jets and was sidelined for the following game versus Minnesota. The rookie cornerback then returned to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday, and he appears set to play Week 11 after logging a full session Friday. Elam primarily played a rotational role over his first eight games, recording 34 tackles, three passes defended and two interceptions, and he should reprise this role against the run-first Browns offense Sunday.

Nov 17, 2022 12:43 PM EST

Returns to limited work

Elam (ankle) was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

Analysis: While Elam is still a rookie, his presence was missed in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, as the Bills couldn't do anything to stop Justin Jefferson. Buffalo's secondary is quite banged up even outside of Elam's injury, so if he can rally and return Sunday against the Browns, it'd be a nice boost toward the team's quest to halt a two-game losing streak.

Nov 16, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Sitting out in Week 10

Elam (ankle) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: As expected, Elam won't play in Sunday's contest versus Minnesota as a result of an ankle injury he sustained during last Sunday's matchup against the Jets. In the rookie first-rounder's absence, Dane Jackson and Taron Johnson are in line for expanded roles at cornerback in Week 10.

Nov 13, 2022 8:50 AM EST

Deemed doubtful

The Bills have listed Elam (ankle) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: After practicing in limited fashion to start the week, Elam was a non-participant Thursday and Friday. Thus, he is seemingly trending in the wrong direction. If he is indeed unable to give it a go, Siran Neal could potentially see some extra snaps providing depth at cornerback.

Nov 11, 2022 6:25 PM EST

Returns during second half

Elam (ankle) returned during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Jets, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Elam stepped back in to replace veteran cornerback Dane Jackson with the game tied 17-17 late in the fourth quarter, per Getzenberg. The rookie recorded 31 tackles, three passes defended and two interceptions over the first seven games of the season, and it will be worth monitoring his health status during practice this following week.

Nov 6, 2022 12:56 PM EST

Questionable to return

Elam is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Jets with an ankle injury.

Analysis: Elam logged two tackles before leaving in the second half, though the exact nature and severity of this issue are still unclear. With the first-round rookie out, expect fellow reserve cornerbacks Siran Neal and Christian Benford to step up into bigger roles behind Taron Johnson and Dane Jackson.

Nov 6, 2022 12:26 PM EST

Amasses 10 tackles, one pick Sunday

Elam recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) and one interception during Sunday's 38-3 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Easily his best outing as a pro, Elam collected double-digit stops and also caught the first interception of his young career Sunday against Pittsburgh. Since fellow rookie cornerback Christian Benford broke his hand during the Bills' Week 3 contest versus Miami, the 191-pounder has seen a massive jump in playing time over the last two weeks (134-of-135 possible defensive snaps) as a result. Elam hopes to keep the train rolling Sunday against the Chiefs.

Oct 10, 2022 11:45 AM EST

Time to shine

With teammate Dane Jackson being ruled out for Week 3 due to a neck injury, Elam is expected to have a major role in this week's road game at Miami.

Analysis: Elam has already been co-starting with fellow rookie Christian Benford, seeing 45 percent of the snaps in the opener and 63 percent of the snaps in Week 2. Expect that number to spike even higher in Week 3, and he could be a decent candidate for tackles if your league uses the corner spot, given the way the Dolphins have been passing the ball in early action.

Sep 23, 2022 9:12 AM EST

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