With first cuts looming (track players who have been released around the league and might help the Bills here), the primary negative from offseason practices has begun to turn in a more positive direction. The injury-plagued Bills are getting healthier at the right time, as quite a few big names have either returned to practice over the last few days or taken steps towards doing so prior to Week 1. Here’s a quick rundown of who is back, who is close to returning, and who may not be ready when the Bills head to Baltimore on September 11.
Cordy Glenn (high ankle sprain)— Glenn returned to practice on Sunday, albeit on a limited basis. His health is a major priority heading into the season, as the phenomenal left tackle solidifies a strong left side when he and Richie Incognito are healthy. Incognito played against Washington on Friday night, so Glenn’s continued recovery would be a huge plus to begin the year.
Aaron Williams, Mike Gillislee, Marquise Goodwin (concussions)— All three have returned in some capacity. While still moving through the concussion protocol, Williams and Goodwin appear to be good bets to be ready for the season opener. Williams practiced on Sunday and Monday. Marquise Goodwin practiced yesterday, and he was also given today off. Mike Gillislee returned as a full practice participant on Tuesday He had been participating in a non-contact manner for the few days prior.
Nickell Robey-Coleman (quad contusion)— Robey-Coleman returned to practice Wednesday, and he was a full participant. With Kevon Seymour (hamstring) not participating, it seems as if the two nickle corners have traded places for a bit. No word on how long Seymour will be out, but hamstring injuries can be tricky. Playing it safe and letting him rest up prior to the first game could be the smart play.
Cardale Jones (shoulder soreness)— The rookie QB was back on a limited basis Monday, and he also practiced Tuesday. When asked about whether or not he’d play on Thursday, Rex Ryan said that he wants Jones to play, but he won’t force the issue.
Seantrel Henderson (medical)— After drawing praise for his return to action on Friday night, Seantrel Henderson has missed the past two practices with what Ryan would only call a "medical issue." This could, of course, be nothing serious, but it’s difficult not to wonder whether or not the issue is related to Henderson’s battle with Crohn’s Disease. Here’s hoping it’s the former, and not a flare-up of the latter.
Jonathan Williams (ribs)— The newest member of the Buffalo Williams Family has not practiced since being body-slammed after the whistle on Friday night. Sources have suggested that this is precautionary, however, and not a result of anything serious.