Bills vs. Bengals: Kyle Williams practices, Stevie Johnson doesn't

Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Stevie Johnson has played in 53 straight games for the Bills, but might that streak end against the Bengals this weekend?

Kyle Williams was a full practice participant for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, but the jury is still out on whether or not Stevie Johnson will be available for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson, who has been excused this week due to a death in the family, was not at team headquarters today and may not make it back in time for Friday's practice, according to head coach Doug Marrone. On top of that, Johnson is still receiving treatment for a lumbar strain sustained in Week 5. Johnson has appeared in 53 straight games for the Bills through various ailments, but Marrone would not commit to his availability on Sunday.

Williams, who continues to work through Achilles-related issues following successive surgeries in the last two years, was the only Bills player on this week's injury watch list to improve his status on Thursday: he participated fully after being limited on Wednesday. There was never really any doubt, but Williams will suit up in Week 6.

EJ Manuel, of course, joined Johnson on the did not practice list. Several Bills players were limited, including: running back C.J. Spiller (ankle), wide receivers Marquise Goodwin (hand) and Marcus Easley (ribs), Williams, cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and Ron Brooks (foot), and safety Jairus Byrd (foot). We'll have official injury designations for all of these players when the injury report drops following Friday's practice.

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