The Buffalo Bills are getting healthier but several key players won't give it a go today against the Cincinnati Bengals.The most notable is Stevie Johnson, who will miss his first game in more than three seasons with a back injury. He was also away from the team this week dealing with a death in the family.
The biggest return comes from franchise player Jairus Byrd, who will see his first game action of the 2013 season following a prolonged holdout this offseason. Stephon Gilmore will also give it a go with a padded club protecting his injured hand.
Marquise Goodwin will return to the field this week after sustaining a broken hand in week one. Another new addition to the lineup is Thaddeus Lewis. Lewis is making his Buffalo debut as the starting quarterback in place of E.J. Manuel, who was injured last week against the Cleveland Browns. Jeff Tuel will once again be the back-up.
Joining Manuel and Johnson on the inactive list is Ron Brooks who hasn't made his way back from an early season broken foot.
Cornerback Justin Rogers leads the healthy scratches after starting several games in place of Gilmore this season. Brandon Burton is also a healthy scratch meaning newly-signed Brandon Smith will get the nod as a reserve cornerback instead. Two other new players - offensive lineman Antoine McClain and Ty Powell - are also inactive.
Two more interesting lineup notes: Doug Legursky will start at left guard and rotate with the man he usurped, Colin Brown and Aaron Williams will return to safety and start opposite Byrd. Leodis McKelvin and Gilmore are back atop the depth chart despite their recent injuries.