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Report: Bills LB Matt Milano coming off IR for crucial showdown vs. 49ers

Matt Milano, Bills, 49ers

The Buffalo Bills are getting a defensive playmaker back for Monday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Buffalo is activating linebacker Matt Milano off injured reserve, and he will be eligible to play on Monday night.

Milano has played in just five games this season, and he has not been active since a Week 8 victory over the New England Patriots.

The 26-year-old is a capable tackler and coverage linebacker. Milano had 101 combined tackles (seven for a loss) to go along with nine passes defended in 2019. He is a steady presence against the run and pass, and he will look to play a big role in stuffing San Francisco’s rushing attack.

Buffalo’s defense has been very mediocre this season. The Bills rank 19th in defensive scoring and 21st in total yards allowed. Opponents have really had their way with the Bills on the ground, as Buffalo ranks 24th in rushing yards allowed and 29th in yards per carry.

Suffice to say, the Niners are likely to run the ball early and often. San Francisco had struggled to establish the run during a three-game stretch between Week 8 and Week 10. But Raheem Mostert’s return to action gives the 49ers a little more variety and change-of-pace in the backfield. Plus, San Francisco is desperately trying to get back into the playoff hunt.

Buffalo, meanwhile, is hoping to sustain its momentum after a win over the Los Angeles Chargers last weekend, and the team will look for Milano and Co. to keep the 49ers off the board.