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2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 20 6.5 1 2 1
Post Season 1 0.0 0 0 0

Top A.J. Epenesa News

  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Sticking around Buffalo

    Epenesa and the Bills agreed on a two-year contract worth up to $20 million Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

    Epenesa will remain in Buffalo after having his most productive season since the team drafted him in 2020, recording 20 tackles, including 6.5 sacks, while also intercepting two passes and forcing a fumble over 15 games. He'll likely operate as a primary option at defensive end and quasi-starter in 2024, working in conjunction with Greg Rousseau and Von Miller, among others.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Will play vs. Pats

    Epenesa (ribs) is active for Sunday's game versus the Patriots.

    Epenesa will return from a two-game absence in Week 17 now that he has recovered from an injury to his ribs he sustained in Week 14 at Kansas City. With Von Miller (coach's decision) inactive, Epenesa could be in line for an expanded role.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Officially questionable for Sunday

    Epenesa (ribs) is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots.

    The 25-year-old defensive end seems to be trending in the right direction to play Sunday, as he's gone from logging a limited practice session both Wednesday and Thursday to a full workload Friday. Epenesa has missed each of the Bills' last two games, and if he's unable to suit up once again in Week 17, Kingsley Jonathan could see increased work as rotational defensive lineman.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Still in question for Sunday

    Epenesa was listed as limited for the second straight day Thursday due to a rib injury.

    Epenesa has missed the past two games with the issue, but he looks to have a decent chance of suiting up Sunday against the Patriots, though Friday's final injury report will prove more telling. The fourth-year player got off to a slow start in his NFL career after being taken out of Iowa in the second round, but this season he's been arguably the Bills' biggest surprise on banged-up defense that's being carried by the defensive line. Epenesa has logged 6.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, an interception, a touchdown, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery over 13 games.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Ultimately unavailable Saturday

    Epenesa (ribs) will not play Saturday against the Chargers.

    There was some hope the fourth-year pass rusher would be available Saturday, but he'll ultimately miss his second consecutive game. Kingsley Jonathan and Shaq Lawson will likely see additional opportunities in pass-rushing situations.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Chance to play Week 16

    Epenesa (rib) is listed as questionable ahead of Saturday's game against the Chargers.

    The 2020 second-round pick was able to log a week of limited practice sessions after missing Buffalo's Week 15 win over the Cowboys, and he's now got a chance to return to the field Saturday. If Epenesa is forced to miss his second consecutive game, Kingsley Jonathan and others could see increased snaps on the Bills' defensive line.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Making progress

    Epenesa (ribs) was listed as limited on Tuesday's practice estimate.

    The Bills only held a walkthrough Tuesday, as they prep for a matchup with the Chargers on Saturday, so Epenesa's participation level is just an estimation. However, it's a sign of progress for the Iowa product, who was unable to practice last week and was ruled out two days in advance of their Week 15 win over the Cowboys. Epenesa will work to ramp up his activity level over the next couple of days in anticipation of suiting up for Week 16.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: Missing first game of season

    Coach Sean McDermott said Friday that Epenesa (ribs) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

    Epenesa has appeared in all 13 of Buffalo's games this season, but he's now week-to-week with a rib injury that could potentially require a stint on IR. Until Epenesa can retake the field, both Kingsley Jonathan and Shaq Lawson will have an opportunity to handle increased defensive snaps.

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  • Bills' A.J. Epenesa: DNP again Thursday

    Epenesa (ribs) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice.

    Epenesa remains week-to-week with the injury he suffered in last Sunday's win over the Chiefs. Kingsley Jonathan and Shaq Lawson should soak up the extra edge reps alongside veteran Leonard Floyd for however long Epenesa is sidelined.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 260 lbs
Birthplace: Oak Park, KS
Age: 25
School: Iowa
Experience: 5