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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Bills sit starters, including Tuel, in finale

By Mike Rodak

The Buffalo Bills are taking on the Detroit Lions in their preseason finale Thursday night, and not surprisingly, the Bills are resting most of their starters.

Here's a look at those players not seeing action tonight, a sign that they are all essentially locks to make the 53-man roster (excluding Kevin Kolb, whose status is uncertain):

Quarterback: EJ Manuel, Kolb, Jeff Tuel
Running back: C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson
Wide receiver: Steve Johnson, T.J. Graham, Robert Woods
Tight end: Scott Chandler
Offensive line: Cordy Glenn, Colin Brown, Eric Wood, Kraig Urbik, Erik Pears
Defensive line: Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Alex Carrington
Outside linebacker: Mario Williams, Manny Lawson, Jerry Hughes
Inside linebacker: Kiko Alonso
Cornerback: Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks, Justin Rogers
Safety: Jairus Byrd, Aaron Williams

Otherwise, here is the group that is expected to see action tonight. Players not starting are in parentheses:

Quarterback: Matt Leinart, (Thad Lewis)
Running back: Tashard Choice, (Zach Brown), (Kendall Gaskins), (Drew Smith)
Fullback: Frank Summers
Wide receiver: Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan, (Brad Smith), (Marcus Easley), (Brandon Kaufman)
Tight end: Lee Smith, (Chris Gragg), (Dorin Dickerson), (Nick Provo)
Offensive line: Thomas Welch, Doug Legursky, David Snow, Antoine Caldwell, Sam Young, (Zebrie Sanders), (Zack Chibane)
Defensive line: Jay Ross, Alan Branch, Jarron Gilbert, (Corbin Bryant), (Torell Troup), (Izaan Cross)
Outside linebacker: Marcus Dowtin, Jamie Blatnick, (Jamaal Westerman), (Kourtnei Brown), (Keith Pough)
Inside linebacker: Nigel Bradham, Arthur Moats, (Bryan Scott), (Brian Smith)
Cornerback: Crezdon Butler, T.J. Heath, (Kip Edwards), (Nickell Robey)
Safety: Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks, (Da'Norris Searcy), (Jordan Dangerfield)

The notables from this list? Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Nigel Bradham, and safety Da'Norris Searcy. Obviously, Goodwin's roster spot is a lock, but it's clear there's a separation between him and Woods. Meanwhile, it would be shocking if Bradham did not make the team, but his presence among this group is still notable.

We'll dig a little deeper into Bradham and Searcy later tonight.