The Buffalo Bills needed some good news for their offensive line, and got it early on Saturday afternoon when starting left tackle Cordy Glenn passed his team physical. He has been removed from the Active/Non-Football Illness list, and could be back on the practice field for tonight's 6:10 p.m. ET session at St. John Fisher.
Glenn, as you are by now aware, missed the first three weeks of practices with an undisclosed illness. He has been in Pittsford for the duration of training camp, but was only occasionally spotted doing conditioning work on the sidelines. Nearly two weeks ago, Tim Graham of The Buffalo News reported that Glenn was expected back before the regular season - without gleaning details of Glenn's ailment, which we may never know more about - and that has come to fruition.
Rookie seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson has been the Bills' first-team left tackle in Glenn's absence. Though still a bit raw, the highly talented Miami product generally acquitted himself well, particularly in two preseason starts. With fellow rookie Cyrus Kouandjio proving to be ill-prepared for a starting gig on the right side, it will be interesting to see if Henderson receives a look at right tackle, where incumbent Erik Pears has been largely unchallenged so far this summer.
Glenn's presence also gives the Bills enough bodies on the edge where Chris Hairston could slide back inside to guard to compete with Kraig Urbik and rookie Cyril Richardson for the starting right guard job. That's where Hairston spent time at the beginning of camp before Glenn's illness forced the team to play him at left tackle.
Most importantly, however, it's just good news for the Bills, who have been in a constant state of shuffling across nearly the entire offensive line this summer. Glenn's return gives the Bills a second set-in-stone presence on the offensive line, with Eric Wood the only other player that the team obviously feels comfortable with at this point in time.