The Buffalo Bills held out three starters for Thursday’s practice, including the entire left side of their offensive line. Left tackle Cordy Glenn sat out with ankle soreness, and wide receiver Zay Jones sat out due to a knee injury he suffered last week against the New York Jets. Left guard Richie Incognito sat out for a veteran rest day.
Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reported that Incognito was replaced in the lineup by Ryan Groy. Dion Dawkins has been the left tackle when Glenn has sat thus far this season. As for the wide receiver group, with Kelvin Benjamin in the fold, the top three would appear to be Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, and Deonte Thompson if Jones is unable to play. Andre Holmes will see more snaps, as well.
Neither Glenn nor Jones practiced on Wednesday, but Incognito was not listed on the injury report that day. With Glenn and Jones now missing two practice days, their status for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints is looking bleak.
When asked about Glenn at his Wednesday press conference, head coach Sean McDermott said that the team’s starting left tackle has “...got some soreness in there. We’re trying to take it one day at a time right now.” When pressed about whether or not Glenn’s soreness was in the same foot and ankle area that it has been, McDermott said that he “believes it is the same one.” McDermott would not blame playing two games in five days for Glenn’s soreness, either. He said, “I’m not a doctor so we’ll just take a look at it and trust our training staff and their evaluation of things.”
Hopefully, all three of the Bills who missed today’s practice will be able to participate in some capacity on Friday; otherwise, defeating the Saints will be that much tougher.
On a much more positive note, tight end Charles Clay and cornerback E.J. Gaines practiced for the second consecutive day, which should mean they will play Sunday. Clay has been out for more than a month while Gaines has missed a couple games.