AFC East: Leodis McKelvin

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin created a minor stir in South Florida following the Bills' 17-13 loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs, saying after the game that the Bills were "going to go out and beat that ass."

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Coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday that McKelvin could have expressed himself better.

"My personal opinion, thinking about it, I said, 'Hey, it was after a loss and you want to get that out of you' and that was his way of showing that he wanted to move on," Marrone said. "Now, is that the correct way? That’s not something that we condone, obviously."

The Bills (5-4) will meet the Miami Dolphins (5-4) on Thursday night. Buffalo has won its last three contests against their AFC East rival.

"Everyone knows the amount of respect that our organization and our players and our coaches have for the Miami Dolphin organization and then as well as their players," Marrone said. "We know the challenges that are ahead of us. It's going to be a tough road.”

Some Dolphins players responded to McKelvin's comments this week, with safety Jimmy Wilson calling them "cheap."
The Miami Dolphins are still reeling from the sting of Sunday’s heartbreaking, 20-16, loss to the Detroit Lions. Miami gave up Detroit’s winning touchdown with just 29 seconds remaining in a game that could have done wonders for the Dolphins' playoff prospects.

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But Buffalo Bills defensive back Leodis McKelvin added further insult with his comment Sunday evening following their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. According to McKelvin, not only will the Bills get back on the winning track Thursday against Miami, but McKelvin added, “We're going to go out and beat that [expletive]. Point blank. Period.”

Ouch!

McKelvin was speaking out of emotion following Buffalo's tough loss. But McKelvin – intentionally or unintentionally – disrespected the Dolphins in the process and provided Miami early bulletin-board material this week for this AFC East rivalry. McKelvin's comments perhaps shows a level of overconfidence following the Bills' recent success against Miami.

The Bills have won three straight games and four of the past five against the Dolphins. Buffalo has proven to be a tough matchup for Miami. The Bills beat Miami, 29-10, in Week 2. The 19-point deficit tied for the biggest margin of defeat for the Dolphins all season. McKelvin apparently believes another easy win is on the way for Buffalo.

With both teams losing Sunday, Thursday’s game is setting up to be a playoff eliminator between Buffalo (5-4) and Miami (5-4). The Bills and Dolphins have identical records in a crowded AFC playoff field. Therefore, expect an emotionally-charged game, especially with McKelvin upping the ante.

EJ Manuel pensive after Bills' loss

September, 28, 2014
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HOUSTON -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans:

Quarterback EJ Manuel, who struggled for most of Sunday's game, was one of the last players to leave the Bills' locker room. While most of his teammates changed and headed for the team bus, Manuel sat facing his locker with his head down. A couple of teammates came over to offer Manuel encouragement, but for the most part he was left alone. The second-year quarterback normally is remarkably even-keeled as he meets reporters after games, but I saw a slightly more beleaguered Manuel on Sunday.

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Notably, the Bills won the turnover battle against the Texans but still lost the game. "When you win the turnover battle, it's a must win," cornerback Leodis McKelvin said. "You can look at the percentages of that s---, it's supposed to be real low, as far as other teams, once you get two or more turnovers, you're supposed to win the game." McKelvin didn't pin blame on the offense, however, saying the defense needed to get off the field more than it did.

Coach Doug Marrone was asked directly if there was "any consideration or temptation" to turn to backup quarterback Kyle Orton in Sunday's game. "No, no, not at all," Marrone responded.

Marrone: Rotation led to Graham sitting

September, 21, 2014
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers:
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  • One of the game's more curious decisions was the Bills' choice to start Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore -- and not Corey Graham -- at cornerback. Graham, who has arguably been the Bills' best cornerback this season, emphasized in the locker room that he "hasn't earned anything" but admitted, "I'll be standing here lying if I said I didn't want to start." Coach Doug Marrone said the Bills "rotate guys in" at cornerback that led to Graham starting the game on the bench. McKelvin, who allowed a 49-yard Malcom Floyd catch and committed a 31-yard defensive pass interference penalty, wasn't in the locker room by the time reporters entered.
  • Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was blunt when speaking about the offense's struggles. "We sucked on third downs," Watkins said. While third downs were a problem, the Bills (43 percent) actually fared better than the Chargers (38 percent) and performed better than their average through their first two games (33.3 percent).
  • The Bills exited Sunday's game with three official injuries: left guard Chris Williams (back), wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee), and safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle). Not on that list was cornerback Nickell Robey, who was replaced by Ron Brooks later in the game. Brooks called the move a coach's decision and said Robey's health was fine.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams sat out Thursday's practice with a leg injury.

Williams watched the practice from the sideline, so the injury does not appear to be serious. Williams, 31, is a team captain and periodically receives rest days.

In his place, the Bills used Corbin Bryant next to Marcell Dareus at defensive tackle with their first-team defense. Stefan Charles and Landon Cohen were the pairing on the second team.

Meanwhile, cornerback Leodis McKelvin sat out Thursday's practice after leaving Wednesday's session with a groin injury. Doctors have yet to clear McKelvin to play in Saturday's preseason game.

Tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring), cornerback Mario Butler (ankle), cornerback Bobby Felder (groin), and safety Jonathan Meeks (neck) also sat out Thursday's practice.

Bills Camp Report: Day 32

August, 20, 2014
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Buffalo Bills training camp:
  • Another day, another practice where receiver Sammy Watkins suited up but wasn't a full participant. Watkins was in full pads, taking part in warm-up drills and stretching before watching the rest of the practice from the sideline. Coach Doug Marrone said the Bills' medical staff hasn't made a decision on Watkins' status for Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At this point, it doesn't make sense to play Watkins unless he's completely healthy. The opener in Chicago is most important.
  • Tempers flared for some of the players who did practice. The highlight (lowlight?) of practice was a brawl in the end zone during a goal-line drill. Center Eric Wood, a team captain, and defensive end Bryan Johnson, an undrafted rookie, were at the center of it initially before it spilled off to the side. At one point, tight end Scott Chandler had to be restrained from Johnson. The language used between some of the players wasn't too family-friendly.
  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin had just seemed to ramp his participation up to normal levels this week when he left Wednesday's practice with a groin injury. It's unclear if McKelvin will be available for Saturday's game. It has to be frustrating for McKelvin, who has taken several months to recover from offseason hip surgery and also dealt with a hamstring injury early last season. However, the Bills have some depth at cornerback to withstand any long-term blow.
  • It was another sharp day for quarterback EJ Manuel, who has been running against the scout team defense this week in practice. He went 11-for-15 in full-team drills, delivering his passes on-time and accurately on mostly shorter routes.
  • After Jeff Tuel received 26 snaps and Thad Lewis saw nine reps Tuesday, the two backup quarterbacks switched Wednesday. Lewis was the first to replace Manuel and finished practice with 25 snaps (compared to 33 for Manuel). Tuel had nine. Coaches are still giving both players a chance to win the backup job, but Tuel appears to be the front-runner. It wouldn't be surprising if he saw more reps Thursday.
  • Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (torn patella) was placed on injured reserve, and cornerbacks Mario Butler (ankle) and Bobby Felder (groin), as well as safety Jonathan Meeks (neck) were held out of practice. Tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring) continues to be limited; he spent team drills working with trainers on a side field.
  • The Bills will wrap up training camp at St. John Fisher College with a practice Thursday afternoon. They are off Friday before playing the Buccaneers on Saturday.

Bills Camp Report: Day 30

August, 18, 2014
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Buffalo Bills training camp:
  • Day 30? Wow. The NFL's longest training camp rolled on with a night practice Monday. The biggest news was the absence of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who rode an exercise bike at one point during practice and watched from the sidelines later. Before practice, Bills coach Doug Marrone did not reveal the results of X-rays on Watkins' ribs and declined to give a timetable on his return. While the team officially said Watkins had a "rib contusion" after Saturday's game, they are now simply calling it a "rib injury."
  • There was plenty of shifting on the offensive line as left tackle Cordy Glenn returned to team drills for the first time. That had a trickle-down effect on the rest of the line, with Seantrel Henderson moving to first-team right tackle and Erik Pears moving to right guard. In our view, that puts the Bills' best five offensive linemen on the field. Kraig Urbik, who started at right guard last season, was the second-team center, flanked by Doug Legursky and Cyril Richardson at guard. That could lead to a battle between Urbik and Legursky to crack the 53-man roster.
  • More shifting came in the secondary. Leodis McKelvin participated in team drills, lining up across from Stephon Gilmore in what will be the Bills' opening-day look. Nickell Robey remained the slot cornerback, with Corey Graham moving to safety. The Bills tried different combinations at safety, mixing Aaron Williams with Graham, Duke Williams, and Da'Norris Searcy. The Bills said in the spring that Graham could see time at safety and it may finally be coming to fruition.
  • Marcell Dareus did not take part in team drills Monday. In his place, the Bills used a combination of Landon Cohen, Corbin Bryant, and Stefan Charles. They're likely looking for the best options to back up Dareus and Kyle Williams. It's possible that the Bills keep all three of those reserve options on the roster, although they could choose two of the three and move on from the third. As for Dareus, Marrone briefly came over to the sideline later in practice to talk to Dareus, prodding at his left elbow as if it were injured. Something to monitor.
  • On the heels of his 77 percent completion rate in Thursday's practice, EJ Manuel topped it with an 81 percent night Monday. He went 17-for-21 in team drills, completing four passes to Fred Jackson, four to Robert Woods, three to C.J. Spiller, and one to Mike Williams. Nothing was too deep -- it was a heavy dose of short hooks and flare passes to the running backs -- but his accuracy was on point and he didn't throw any interceptions. It was a good night of practice for Manuel, without Watkins.
  • The Bills will be back on the practice field Tuesday afternoon. They'll practice again Wednesday and Thursday before breaking camp.
LATROBE, Pa. -- The Buffalo Bills have a day off Friday as they prepare for Saturday's preseason tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The rest day will give players a chance to recover from two padded practices at St. Vincent College. Luckily for the Bills, they came out of the sessions with no apparent injuries. For this point in camp, the team is relatively healthy.

Here is a look at which players may not suit up Saturday night:

Cordy Glenn: The 345-pound left tackle has yet to be cleared for team drills. He took part in one-on-one pass-rushing drills in both joint practices this week, signaling that he's progressing as he returns from the non-football illness list. Still, don't expect him to be in uniform Saturday.

Leodis McKelvin: Will McKelvin see his first preseason action Saturday? It's possible, but not likely. The Bills have been cautious with McKelvin since he sat out organized team activities (OTAs) recovering from hip surgery. He was in uniform in Latrobe this week, a step forward from his status the week prior.

Tony Moeaki: It has to be a frustrating training camp for Moeaki, who battled injuries in Kansas City and had a chance for a significant role in the Bills' offense before being sidelined with a hamstring injury. He returned to practice on a limited basis last week and saw a few snaps at the end of the Bills' preseason win over the Carolina Panthers, but he wasn't in uniform this week. Moeaki spent both joint practices working with the strength and conditioning staff.

Marquise Goodwin: Here's another player who can't seem to shake injury issues. Goodwin played 12 snaps in last Friday's preseason win but looks to be dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, as he was out of practice again this week. It doesn't necessarily signal a setback -- the Bills may want to rest him -- but given the competition at receiver, Goodwin could benefit from being on the field and healthy. In his first 16 months with the Bills, that's been a problem.

Chris Williams: Williams hasn't practiced since he played 44 snaps in Friday's preseason win. He's listed with a lower back injury and watched practices this week from the sidelines. Doug Marrone said he doesn't have any "long-term" concerns about Williams' injury, but I wouldn't expect to see him play Saturday.

Jonathan Meeks: The second-year safety looks to have fallen behind Duke Williams, who was drafted a round ahead of him last year, in the safety battle. A neck injury last week hasn't helped Meeks' case. He didn't practice this week and isn't expected to play Saturday.

Ty Powell: The Bills could have a few open roster spots at linebacker following Kiko Alonso's injury and Nigel Bradham's one-game suspension, and Powell remains in that mix. However, he's been sidelined since last weekend with a "medical" issue. He watched practice from the sidelines this week in Latrobe.

Dustin Hopkins: Hopkins sat out practices in Latrobe this week with a groin injury. That could be a bit of a red flag for Hopkins, who Marrone said must make the roster as a kickoff specialist -- he isn't competing with Dan Carpenter to kick field goals. Hopkins missed all of last season with a groin injury.

Two other players to keep an eye on: running backs Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. After taking a hit during a live tackling drill Thursday, trainers and a team doctor examined Brown's rib area. He later returned to practice. Meanwhile, WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia said Dixon was also examined by the medical staff at the end of Thursday's practice.
The Buffalo Bills will travel to face the Carolina Panthers on Friday night (7:30 ET). Here is a look at which players may not suit up for the Bills' second preseason game:

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin -- Goodwin tweaked his hamstring late in practice last week and did not play in the preseason opener in Canton, Ohio. He returned to practice Tuesday but didn't appear to be full-go. The Bills could hold him out another game.

Tight end Tony Moeaki -- After missing Sunday's game, Moeaki was back in uniform Tuesday but didn't take part in team drills. The case was the same Wednesday. It's unlikely he'll play Friday.

Center Doug Legursky -- Legursky played in Sunday's game but was a surprise absence from practice Tuesday with a back injury. He was at the team's walk-through Wednesday, so the injury doesn't appear to be serious, but he's unlikely to play Friday.

Tackle Edawn Coughman -- The backup lineman left Tuesday's practice with an oblique injury and didn't practice Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus -- Dareus didn't finish Wednesday's practice because of a hamstring injury. It didn't appear to be serious, but the Bills could take the extra precaution with their Pro Bowler and hold him out Friday.

Cornerback Leodis McKelvin -- McKelvin was in a baseball cap for Tuesday and Wednesday's practice, which is a step back from his level of participation earlier in camp. The Bills say it's not a setback, but don't expect McKelvin to play Friday.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore -- The Bills have been easing Gilmore back from hip surgery and it wouldn't be surprising if he was held out again Friday.

Safety Da'Norris Searcy -- Searcy has a family situation but told coach Doug Marrone he wants to play Friday.

Safety Jonathan Meeks -- The second-year safety suffered a neck injury in Wednesday's practice, putting his status for Friday's game in doubt.

Safety Derek Brim -- The rookie was held out of Tuesday's practice with a hip injury and returned on a limited basis Wednesday. His status for Friday is uncertain.

Safety Kenny Ladler -- Like Brim, the rookie was seen on the sideline during Wednesday's practice riding an exercise bike during team drills, putting his status for the game in doubt.

Bills Camp Report: Day 18

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Buffalo Bills training camp:
  • Marcell Dareus' hamstring injury didn't appear to be anything major -- he stayed on the field and watched the remainder of practice -- but it's something that bears watching. The strength of the Bills defense is with its line, and any absence from Dareus, Kyle Williams, or Mario Williams would impact the rest of the unit. For now it looks like a minor issue, though.
  • Coming off his less than ideal performance Tuesday night, EJ Manuel looked better at points in Wednesday's practice. He rolled out and hit Robert Woods along the sideline early in the first 11-on-11 period. He also lofted a good pass down the right sideline later in practice but Mike Williams couldn't haul it in -- although cornerback Michael Carter might have gotten a hand on the ball. Otherwise, Manuel's passes were relegated to short-range throws.
  • The Bills offense was all over the map in red zone work. On the plus side, Manuel hit Mike Williams for a touchdown in 7-on-7 and lofted two well-thrown passes to Sammy Watkins and Scott Chandler that were either dropped or broken up. Jeff Tuel followed with a touchdowns to Lee Smith and Chris Gragg, as well as a beautiful one-handed grab by Woods in the end zone. On the negative end, Manuel badly overthrew Williams on a broken play where Williams was open in the end zone. On the next play, Manuel scrambled in the backfield and tried forcing a ball into coverage. He was intercepted by first-year safety Jajuan Harley.
  • Linebacker Brandon Spikes seemed to be dealing with a groin issue during 11-on-11 work. He reached for that area several times when he was on the field and was examined on the ground by trainers when he came off the field. Spikes returned to action but didn't appear 100 percent. Safeties Derek Brim and Kenny Ladler both spent time on exercise bikes during team drills, while safety Jonathan Meeks dealt with a neck injury.
  • Tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring) and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) didn't take part in team drills. That could put their status for Friday's game in doubt.
  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin wasn't in pads or a helmet for the the second straight day after beginning camp practicing with his teammates for at least a portion of practice. Asked if McKelvin had suffered a setback in his recovery from hip surgery, coach Doug Marrone said the team was simply following their plan with McKelvin.

Bills Camp Report: Day 17

August, 5, 2014
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Buffalo Bills training camp:
  • Tuesday night's practice saw the return of tight ends Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki, as well as wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. None had played in Sunday's preseason game due to injury. Moeaki left practice about halfway through and came back without pads. Word after practice was that Moeaki didn't suffer a new injury and that the team only planned on having him participate in individual drills. Goodwin, meanwhile, was limited in team drills.
  • There was a heavy emphasis on the red zone in Wednesday's practice. The results weren't spectacular. In his second set of 11-on-11 reps, Manuel was sacked on his first two plays. The second play featured Manny Lawson pulling up in front of Manuel (no contact is allowed on quarterbacks) and standing there as Manuel continued to move his feet and read the defense for another second or two. It was an odd sight. Manuel found Lee Smith on the next play for a touchdown, one of just two we logged for Manuel in red zone drills. Some of Manuel's past problems cropped up Tuesday night, as he appeared to hold the ball too long on some plays while making questionable decisions (e.g. targeting Scott Chandler in double coverage in the end zone) on others. Overall, it was one of Manuel's poorer practices of camp.
  • Robert Woods' place in the offense has become a topic of conversation since he wasn't on the field with the first team offense Sunday night. Marrone said the Bills played Woods into the third quarter to get a look at him in the slot, although it may still be troubling for the second-round pick that Chris Hogan was the slot receiver with the first team Sunday night. On Tuesday night, Woods' snaps with Manuel continued to be limited. For one stretch in a red zone drill, it was Hogan, Sammy Watkins, and Mike Williams as the top combo.
  • Cyril Richardson saw more time with the first team in 11-on-11 drills Tuesday night. For now, it looks to be him and Kraig Urbik battling for that job. We haven't seen Chris Hairston in that spot in over a week.
  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin did not participate in the practice. His case becomes more curious, as he began training camp participating in team drills and has seen his workload decrease ever since. McKelvin had offseason hip surgery which is apparently still affecting his ability to practice. Fellow cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who also had hip surgery and did not play in Sunday's game, participated in team drills Tuesday.
  • More injury updates: offensive lineman Edawn Coughman left practice with a strained oblique. Center Doug Legursky (back) and safety Derek Brim (hip) did not practice.
  • The Bills will practice Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET before traveling to Charlotte on Thursday. They play the Carolina Panthers on Friday night.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills added defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to the active/non-football injury list Saturday.

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It's not immediately clear why Dareus was placed on the list. The Bills held their conditioning test Saturday and will open training camp with a public practice Sunday night.

Dareus, who still counts against the 90-man roster limit, may be removed from the list at any time. He may not practice while under the active/non-football injury designation and cannot return to the list once he is removed from it.

The Pro Bowl defender has been under the spotlight this offseason following two arrests that led to him sitting out the final two weeks of organized team activities. He returned to the practice field for mandatory minicamp last month.

In addition, the Bills removed cornerback Leodis McKelvin from the active/physically unable to perform list Saturday. General manager Doug Whaley said the team was easing him back from offseason hip surgery but he is apparently ready to practice Sunday.

The Bills also added guard J.J. Unga to the active/non-football injury list Saturday.

After waiving two players Friday, the Bills signed wide receiver Tori Gurley and cornerback Kamaal McIlwain on Saturday. Both tried out for the team during minicamp.
The Buffalo Bills signed linebacker Stevenson Sylvester on Wednesday, adding another player to compete at the position following the loss of Kiko Alonso to a season-ending knee injury.

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Sylvester, who turns 26 on Friday, was a fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. He played in 50 games in four seasons with the Steelers, making two starts. He should compete with Ty Powell and rookie Randell Johnson for a role on special teams.

To make room for Sylvester on the 90-man roster, the Bills waived tight end Mike Caussin, who missed each of the past two seasons with injuries. Caussin had been with the Bills since 2010.

In a procedural move, the Bills placed Alonso on the active/non-football injury list. Alonso remains on the 90-man roster and can be taken off the list at any time. The Bills may later choose to place Alonso on the reserve/non-football injury list, which would keep him out of at least the first six weeks of the regular season. He isn't expected to play this season.

The Bills also placed Johnson and cornerback Leodis McKelvin on the active/physically unable to perform list. Johnson participated fully in spring practices while McKelvin was recovering from hip surgery. Either player can come off the list at any time.

In addition, the Bills placed offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and defensive tackle Alan Branch on the active/non-football illness list. Either player can return at any time during training camp.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills' luck with the weather ran out as they held their ninth and final organized team activities session Thursday.

Skies opened about halfway through the outdoor practice, with players initially toughing it out during an 11-on-11 drill before moving indoors to their practice facility.

Even before the weather was a factor, it was a practice to forget for quarterback EJ Manuel and first-round pick Sammy Watkins. In a routes-versus-air drill, three of Manuel's throws directed towards Watkins in the end zone were off-target. Watkins got his hands on each but couldn't haul them in.

Later in the practice, back indoors, Manuel hit Watkins with a well-thrown pass but Watkins couldn't get ahold of the ball. Manuel also had multiple passes on fade patterns sail over receivers in the end zone, a trend during the three weeks of OTAs.

The Bills wrapped up practice with a full-team red zone drill. Manuel's first pass was an incomplete fade pattern, while his second pass was overthrown. Following a hand-off to Anthony Dixon that went for a touchdown, Manuel's next pass was thrown away, while his final pass was intended for Dixon on a dump-off but was off the mark.

From a big-picture standpoint, the one sequence of the one OTA doesn't mean much, but it wasn't the way the Bills wanted to end their three weeks of practice. Manuel and Watkins will look to bounce back next week at mandatory minicamp.

Attendance-wise, linebacker Brandon Spikes was not spotted Thursday after participating in the first eight OTAs. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who has been practicing on a limited basis following hip surgery, was also not on the field.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore took a step forward in his recovery from hip surgery, taking reps at first-team cornerback in an 11-on-11 drill. Linebacker Kiko Alonso (hip surgery) also had an increased workload Thursday.

Offensive lineman Doug Legursky returned to practice for the first time in a week.

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin participated in positional drills Thursday but was limited as he recovers from a knee injury suffered earlier this week.

Defensive end Bryan Johnson, who was carted off the field with an apparent left leg injury Monday, will be out until training camp, coach Doug Marrone said.
TAMPA -- Offering some halftime thoughts as the Buffalo Bills trail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-3:

1. This is an ugly one. The Bills have struggled in all three phases of the game. On offense, EJ Manuel has thrown two interceptions, including one that bounced off the hands of Stevie Johnson. Defensively, the Bills allowed an 80-yard touchdown run to Bobby Rainey on the game's second play, which set the tone. On special teams, Leodis McKelvin muffed a punt that was recovered by the Bucs.

2. This doesn't mean much within the game itself, but it's important in the larger context of where the Bills are this season: Bottom-of-the-roster players have begun to see playing time, likely for evaluation purposes. J.J. Unga played a few drives at right guard in place of Kraig Urbik, while linebacker Ty Powell stepped in for Manny Lawson for another drive. Expect to see more of that the rest of the afternoon, with Ronnie Wingo in line to see some carries in the later stages of the game.

3. Buffalo's running game has been hot and cold all season. Despite the warm Florida temperatures, they've been cold today. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson have combined for 24 yards on nine first-half carries.

4. The Bills have dodged a few injuries today. In the first quarter, punter Brian Moorman went down after getting hit in the leg after a punt. He was on the field for the next punt. Then in the second quarter, cornerback Ron Brooks stayed down for an extended period with an apparent neck injury, but later returned.

5. Hey, at least this game isn't being played in snowy Philadelphia, right?

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