Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
Both of the Buffalo Bills' starting defensive ends will be on the Week 9 injury report, but one - Mario Williams - is a much safer bet to play against the Houston Texans.
The Buffalo Bills returned to the practice field on Wednesday to dive full force into preparations for Sunday's matchup with the Houston Texans. They did so with two key starters participating on a limited basis, and with a third looking like a longshot to suit up in Week 9.
As expected, defensive end Mario Williams - fresh off of arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist undergone during the bye week - was limited. He is fully expected to suit up against his former team on Sunday in Reliant Stadium. Rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn, meanwhile, was also a limited participant, taking a few first-team reps in the process; he is attempting to return to the lineup after missing three straight games following a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 4 against New England.
The news was not as promising for Williams' pass-rushing running mate, Mark Anderson, who underwent surgery himself following a knee injury suffered in Week 5 against San Francisco. Anderson did not participate on Wednesday, and he may not get onto the field on Thursday, either.
"Tomorrow will be the day and it’s looking less and less likely," head coach Chan Gailey told reporters. The head coach had previously mentioned that if Anderson could practice on Thursday that he may be able to go on Sunday; in the likely event that he's not practicing tomorrow, he'll be ruled out for Week 9.
Two more key contributors, right guard Kraig Urbik and cornerback Terrence McGee, also practiced. McGee took a few first-team reps, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550, while Urbik - who insists that he'll play this weekend "no matter what" - looks like a lock to start, as well.
Reserve guard Chad Rinehart, who hurt his ankle two weeks ago against Tennessee, has already been ruled out indefinitely, and may wind up on IR if the team chooses to activate rookie cornerback Ron Brooks from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list. Rinehart and Anderson were the only players on the active roster that did not practice in some fashion on Wednesday.