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Buffalo Bills' Linebacker Position Still Unsettled

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Aug 30, 2012; Detroit, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) attempts to get away from Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham (53) in the third quarter of a preseason game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
Aug 30, 2012; Detroit, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) attempts to get away from Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham (53) in the third quarter of a preseason game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
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When the Buffalo Bills moved veteran Kirk Morrison to middle linebacker in the latter stages of the pre-season, most assumed that third-year pro Arthur Moats had locked down the starting strong-side job for good. As it turns out, that may not necessarily be the case.

Moats had a rough finish to the pre-season, and as such, rookie fourth-round pick Nigel Bradham was splitting first-team reps with Moats as the Bills began preparations for the New York Jets today.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey, however, was quick to point out that at this stage of the game, Moats is still ahead of Bradham in terms of knowledge of the system and where to be on the field. As such, it's likely that Moats will remain the starting linebacker for the foreseeable future, seeing more snaps than usual as the Bills play run-heavy teams early in the season. Bradham, however, has the look of a player that may finish his rookie season with the starters, much like middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard did a year ago.