Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
The Buffalo Bills may very well have three starters (LT Cordy Glenn, RG Kraig Urbik and DE Mark Anderson) back in the lineup when, after their bye week, they take on the Houston Texans in Week 9.
Say what you want about the timing of the bye week for the 3-4 Buffalo Bills - particularly coming off of a brutal loss at home that they'll have to live with for two full weeks - but it's not all bad. When the Bills next take the field on November 4 against the Houston Texans, things are looking good for three starters to return to the lineup, and a fourth contributor may be back in the fold, as well.
Two offensive linemen - rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn and right guard Kraig Urbik - won't be out of the lineup much longer after missing the last few weeks with their respective high ankle sprains. Urbik, in fact, practiced on Wednesday, and is a virtual lock to re-assume his starting right guard spot after the bye week. Things are not as ironclad for Glenn, but if he doesn't make it back into the lineup for the Houston game, he at least won't be out much longer than that.
Mark Anderson, who has missed two straight games after having surgery on his knee, has not yet been ruled out of the Houston game. rom what head coach Chan Gailey has said, things are sounding more optimistic for an Anderson return the following week in New England. In either case, Anderson - like Glenn - shouldn't be out of the lineup much longer, if at all.
The one non-starter that the team will be getting back in short order is rookie cornerback Ron Brooks, who missed the final pre-season game and the first seven regular season games while on IR recovering from a foot injury. He's been back on the practice field for roughly a week now, and can be officially added back to the active roster on Halloween, meaning he'll be eligible to play in Houston. Don't be surprised if, due to the struggles of several of the team's corners (most specifically slot man Justin Rogers), Brooks - like fellow fourth-round pick Nigel Bradham, who is now a starting linebacker - is fast-tracked for a major role. Letting him be the fourth corner in Houston, and work upward from there, seems like a very plausible scenario.
Add in the fact that other players (chiefly Mario Williams and Andy Levitre) are using the bye week to clean up existing issues, and the Bills have the look of a team that will be significantly less dinged up the next time they play ball. Whether or not that has any effect on the team's performance remains to be seen, but it certainly can't hurt.