The Buffalo Bills are being coy about the status of left tackle Cordy Glenn as they report to training camp.
Glenn, who missed time this spring and was placed on the Active/Non-Football Illness list on Wednesday, will not be available to practice when the Bills take the field at St. John Fisher on Sunday evening for their first training camp practice. GM Doug Whaley told reporters on Friday afternoon that, for now, Glenn is considered day to day.
"We're still waiting on some reports on him, but it looks like it's going to be one of those day-to-day things and we'll see how it progresses," Whaley said.
Per ESPN's Mike Rodak, Whaley was then asked if Glenn's illness could threaten his 2014 campaign.
"We don't think so, at this time," Whaley responded. "But again, we'll just have to see how it progresses. We hope not."
If any of this sounds daunting to you, it's probably because the situation, from an outside perspective, feels remarkably like what happened with Chris Hairston last summer. Hairston missed spring work due to offseason surgery, and began camp on the Active/PUP list. A month later, he was placed on season-ending IR with an undisclosed illness, and was spotted at Fisher in the interim walking around the track surrounding the practice field. (Glenn, for the record, will take part in "light exercises and stuff like that" while he's sidelined, per Whaley.)
Naturally, we have no idea if their medical situations are in any way comparable, but that isn't the point. Whaley's comments about Glenn's status are just vague enough to cause concern, and concern is not something the Bills need more of along the offensive line. Glenn, who will hopefully enjoy a speedy recovery from whatever ails him for more than just football reasons, can return to the practice field at any time thanks to his designation. He reported to Fisher on Friday along with the rest of his teammates.
We'll know on Sunday evening how the Bills compensate for Glenn's absence in the practice setting. Rookie seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson saw a good deal of work with the first team offense while Glenn missed time this spring, and Hairston may get a look, as well.