Stevie Johnson not expected to play this week

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Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson found out last Saturday that his mother died unexpectedly, but he stayed with his team in Jacksonville and played in their victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

It doesn’t look like the team is going to have him on hand for this week’s game against the Dolphins, though. Johnson has gone to California to be with family and coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that the team is not expecting him to be in the lineup when they try to spoil the Dolphins’ playoff dreams.

“I don’t believe that he will be available for our game on Sunday and I think it’s important we realize this tragedy, and our thoughts and our prayers are with Stevie and his family,” Marrone said, via the Buffalo News.

The Bills have played without Johnson two other times this season, going 1-1 in his absence. The loss came with Thad Lewis making his first start of the season in place of an injured E.J. Manuel, something Lewis will be doing for the fourth time against the Dolphins this weekend.