Buffalo Bills: Doug Legursky

Continuing a series analyzing the economics of the Buffalo Bills' roster, position by position:

Position: Offensive line

Total cap value: $22,525,875
Compared to NFL average: 4.6 percent less
NFL positional rank: 20th

Portion of Bills' total cap number: 16.3 percent

2014 cap numbers:
Eric Wood: $5.95 million (4th on Bills, 36th among NFL offensive linemen)
Erik Pears: $3.45 million (Bills: 11th; NFL: 64th)
Kraig Urbik: $3.375 million (Bills: 12th; NFL: 66th)
Chris Williams: $2.4 million (Bills: 18th; NFL: 92nd)
Cordy Glenn: $1.326 million (Bills: 26th; NFL: 135th)
Doug Legursky: $1.1 million (Bills: 28th; NFL: 142nd)
Cyrus Kouandjio: $874,331 (Bills: 32nd; NFL: 160th)
Chris Hairston: $748,977 (Bills: 34th; NFL: 174th)
Mark Asper: $570,000 (Bills: tied for 47th; NFL: tied for 242nd)
J.J. Unga: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 59th; NFL: tied for 297th)
Antoine McClain: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 59th; NFL: tied for 297th)
Cyril Richardson: $468,000 (Bills: 68th; NFL: 337th)
Seantrel Henderson: $432,700 (Bills: 70th; NFL: 350th)
Macky MacPherson: $420,000 (Bills: tied for 78th; tied for 402nd)
Edawn Coughman: $420,000 (Bills: tied for 78th; tied for 402nd)

Average per year:
Wood: $6.9 million (4th on Bills, tied for 25th among NFL offensive linemen)
Urbik: $3.65 million (Bills: 12th; NFL: 65th)
Williams: $3.287 (Bills: 13th; NFL: 72nd)
Pears: $3.1 million (Bills: tied for 14th; NFL: 78th)
Glenn: $1.216 million (Bills: 25th; NFL: 137th)
Kouandjio: $1.202 million (Bills: 26th; NFL: 138th)
Legursky: $1 million (Bills: tied for 31st; NFL: tied for 150th)
Hairston: $645,000 (Bills: tied for 41st; NFL: tied for 224th)
Richardson: $603,000 (Bills: 46th; NFL: 241st)
Henderson: $567,700 (Bills: 53rd; NFL: 275th)
Asper: $525,000 (Bills: tied for 59th; NFL: tied for 300th)
MacPherson: $510,000 (Bills: tied for 68th; NFL: tied for 354th)
Unga: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 77th; NFL: tied for 397th)
McClain: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 77th; NFL: tied for 397th)
Coughman: $465,000 (Bills: tied for 84th; NFL: tied for 433rd)

Most overpaid: Pears and Urbik. The Bills had problems on the right side of their line last season, where Urbik (right guard) and Pears (right tackle) were positioned. The pair of veterans both face stiff competition this summer, especially after the Bills drafted Kouandjio (second round), Richardson (fifth round) and Henderson (seventh round). In addition, Hairston looked to be pushing for a starting job during OTAs and minicamp this spring. Pears, 32, is in the final season of his three-year extension and the Bills can avoid paying his $2.75 million base salary by cutting him before Week 1. If Urbik loses his starting job, he'll be among the most overpaid Bills. He has three years left on his deal, meaning the Bills will have eat some money if they keep him on the bench or cut him, the latter of which is unlikely.

Most underpaid: Glenn. There's nothing that can be done about Glenn's contract until after this season, as he and the Bills will have to wait until after his third year to renegotiate his contract. He was arguably the Bills' best lineman last season, and with another strong season will be at the top of the list for an extension.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Down two offensive lineman, the Buffalo Bills shifted their front line in Thursday's organized team activities.

With guards Chris Williams and Doug Legursky out of the voluntary practice, the Bills moved left tackle Cordy Glenn inside to guard for team drills. Second-team left tackle Chris Hairston moved up to the first team.

The Bills experimented with Glenn as a guard during training camp last summer. However, he remains a fixture at left tackle and would only be used at guard in emergency situations.

Meanwhile, safety Aaron Williams saw his workload increased as he continues to come back from shoulder surgery. Williams took reps in 11-on-11 drills alongside Da'Norris Searcy at safety.

The Bills continued to tinker with their personnel at cornerback, replacing Mario Butler on the first team with Corey Graham. Nickell Robey, who lined up at nickel back on the first team beginning Wednesday, stayed in that role Thursday.

Overall, Thursday's practice was the sloppiest of the Bills' six OTAs thus far. There were a litany of miscues, especially on offense, that aren't out of the ordinary for this time of the year but will need to be cleaned up by training camp.

Outside of Chris Williams and Legursky, the following players were not spotted Thursday: defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Alan Branch, defensive end Manny Lawson, and tight end Mike Caussin.

Wide receivers Marcus Easley and Cordell Roberson, running backs Bryce Brown and Ronnie Wingo, cornerback Darius Robinson, and guard J.J. Unga watched practice from the sideline as they continue to rehab from injuries.
How much does size matter?

To the Buffalo Bills, quite a lot. On Tuesday, we noted how the Bills have the NFL's tallest group of receivers. That's just one position, but it's not the only spot where the Bills top the league's charts -- at least on paper.

The Bills also have the NFL's heaviest offensive line, and it's barely even a contest. The average weight of their 15 offensive linemen is 325.2 pounds, far and away the biggest group in the league. Only the Oakland Raiders, at 320.3 pounds, come close.

Unlike at receiver, where most of the team's height is concentrated in players at the bottom of the depth chart, the Bills have both starting linemen and developmental blockers who break the scales.

Left tackle Cordy Glenn, who has started 29 games since being drafted in the second round two years ago, is listed at 345 pounds, making him the fourth-heaviest offensive lineman currently on an NFL roster. He's tied with rookie Seantrel Henderson, the Bills' seventh-round pick, who also checks in at 345 pounds.

In addition to Henderson, the Bills added 343-pound Cyril Richardson in the fifth round earlier this month. Ideally, Richardson and Henderson will both stick on the 53-man roster and could have eventually have potential to start.

The two draft picks are the latest in a pipeline of massive offensive linemen that general manager Doug Whaley has brought to Buffalo. They're projects for coach Doug Marrone, a former offensive line coach, as well as Pat Morris, the Bills' current offensive line coach.

The Bills ended last season with a trio of developmental guards who are on the larger side: Antoine McClain (336 pounds), Mark Asper (325 pounds), and J.J. Unga (320 pounds). Whaley plucked Unga off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad, while McClain was claimed off waivers from the Raiders. All three may have an uphill battle to make the cut this season.

No matter who the Bills keep of their current bunch of 15, the size of the group will be striking. It's Whaley's vision to beat his opponents with superior size, and he'll have plenty of it along his offensive line this season.

But will it make the difference? Much like the Bills' ongoing expedition to find a productive, tall wide receiver, the Bills' super-sized offensive line will need to show that their eye-opening height and weight figures printed on the roster are more than just numbers.

The results will need to come on the field before Whaley's strategy can be given the stamp of approval. Take last season for instance. The Bills gave Colin Brown -- a mountain of a man, at 6-foot-7 and 326 pounds -- the nod at left guard to start the regular season. He struggled in five starts and was finding new work by October, replaced by an undersized Doug Legursky.

The Bills should be leery of a similar outcome with Chris Williams, a free agent whom they signed to a four-year deal in March. Williams, who is 6-foot-6 and 326 pounds, has a shaky track record as an NFL starter. He'll slide in at left guard. Could Buffalo be a good fit for him? Of course. But if it isn't, Legursky will be the likely fallback option.

Pass protection will be another consideration. Size and brute strength work well in the running game, especially in power blocking schemes, but technique and athleticism come more into play in the passing game. Glenn handled EJ Manuel's blindside well last season but there were breakdowns elsewhere. With new starters possible at both left guard and right tackle, keeping Manuel upright will be key this season.

In the meantime, the Bills have another distinction to celebrate. With rosters nearly complete after the draft, the Bills have emerged with the NFL's premier size at both receiver and offensive line.

Now they have to show why that matters, on the field -- where it counts.

Williamson's take: Offensive line

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We recently chatted with ESPN NFL Insider Matt Williamson, a former scout for the Cleveland Browns, about a variety of Bills topics.

Next, we'll take a closer look at the Bills' offensive line:

Overall: "The Bills really need a guard. Their guard play, I thought, was really poor, especially when [Colin] Brown was in there. And [Doug] Legursky is a center. He's a gritty, backup center. I think it would go a long way if they had one more starting-caliber guard, because I think the tackles are good enough and [Eric] Wood is a good center."

On Kraig Urbik: "Urbik's played well. I think he's quality. But they need one more [guard]. I think if Urbik was their second guard, if he wasn't the best guard on the roster, then he's the second guard. He's a big boy, a mauler, a typical Wisconsin lineman that busted out here in Pittsburgh but has really done a much better job in the second half of his career."

On drafting a guard: "No, I don't think there is one. Like, last year there was [Jonathan] Cooper and [Chance] Warmack. There's not a guy to even consider there."

On drafting a tackle: "I'm not sure what name pops up to me. I think [Greg] Robinson and [Jake] Matthews will both be gone. It's a little far away to project that right now, who would be next. I think [Cordy] Glenn would be a great right tackle. He's a good left tackle, but he would be a great right tackle. If a left tackle was sitting there [at ninth overall], that would be interesting."
Back in September, we broke down the Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster, position-by-position. Now that the Bills' season has ended, we'll review those grades:

Position: Offensive line (preseason grades)

SNAP COUNTS
Cordy Glenn -- 100 percent
Eric Wood -- 100 percent
Erik Pears -- 100 percent
Kraig Urbik -- 99.1 percent
Doug Legursky -- 65.9 percent
Colin Brown -- 34.1 percent
J.J. Unga -- 0.9 percent
Thomas Welch -- 0.7 percent
Sam Young -- 0.7 percent
Mark Asper -- no snaps
Antoine McClain -- no snaps

DEPTH

Preseason take: This is a significant concern for the Bills. With Legursky out of action for at least several weeks, they are dangerously thin along the interior of their line. Welch and Young are both younger pieces at tackle, but would be practice squad candidates on most other teams. The Bills sifted through upwards of 15 offensive linemen in training camp and did not come away with much. It'll be a position to address in the draft next spring. Grade: D+

Postseason review: The Bills were fortunate that their offensive line stayed almost fully healthy all season because depth was a significant concern. The Bills continued to sift through players, jettisoning Brown when Legursky returned, and later, swapping out Young for McClain. The Bills picked up Unga on their bye week and he could be a player to develop, but otherwise, the cupboards are mostly bare behind the top group. This grade was accurate and the Bills were fortunate.

RELIABILITY

Preseason take: Glenn is the youngest starter on what is a relatively experienced position group for the Bills. They can expect consistent play out of Wood, Urbik and Pears. It remains to be seen if Brown can step in for Andy Levitre at left guard and provide a reliable presence over 16 games. Grade: B

Postseason review: From an injury standpoint, this position held up well all season. The age and experience of Wood, Urbik, and Pears came in handy for a young offense but there was still shaky play from the veterans along the line. Brown, of course, was not a reliable option in place of Levitre. He was released once Legursky returned and has been out of football since. This grade may have been a bit generous.

Double Coverage: Bills at Steelers

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Roethlisberger/ManuelUSA TODAY SportsBen Roethlisberger, left, and EJ Manuel are trying to guide their teams through difficult seasons.
Two teams that have combined for five wins and don’t appear to be going anywhere this season meet Sunday at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be angry after getting routed Sunday in New England, but the Buffalo Bills might be equally desperate after losing four of their past five games.

It looks like EJ Manuel will return for the Bills, but rookie quarterbacks have not fared well against Dick LeBeau defenses. But no rookie quarterback has faced the Steelers defense when it has been this vulnerable under LeBeau.

ESPN.com reporters Mike Rodak (Bills) and Scott Brown (Steelers) take an in-depth look at the first meeting between the teams since the Steelers won a 19-16 overtime game at Buffalo in 2010.

Brown: Mike, is this team Pittsburgh North? There are a lot of Steelers connections there with general manager Doug Whaley and a handful of the players. The two I’m interested in hearing about are the starting guards -- Doug Legursky and Kraig Urbik. How have the two played, and how has the offensive line played overall?

Rodak: Scott, I think Whaley would like it to be Pittsburgh North, eventually. The Steelers are one of the most successful franchises, and Whaley comes from that background. Defensively, there are similarities between Mike Pettine's blitz-heavy scheme and much of the zone blitzing that LeBeau uses. And offensively, Manuel is a big, mobile quarterback with some speedy receivers, much like Ben Roethlisberger and his pass-catchers in Pittsburgh. Ultimately, though, I think the Bills want to forge their own identity, and the Steelers connections don't run much deeper than Whaley and a few others.

As far as Urbik and Legursky, they haven't been Pro Bowlers by any stretch. Returning from a knee injury last month, Legursky helped stabilize a left guard position that has been reeling since losing Andy Levitre in free agency last offseason. But as a whole, the offensive line has allowed more sacks -- the seventh most in the NFL, to be precise -- than it would prefer.

Looking at the Steelers' big picture, what has gone wrong this season? From an outside perspective, an aging defense appears to be part of it, but that can't tell the whole story. What are the biggest problem areas?

Brown: Age is only part of the equation when looking at the Steelers’ struggles. The other half is that the Steelers were so good for so long at developing younger players to step in for veteran stalwarts who retired or signed elsewhere. That hasn’t happened in recent years, in part because the quality of Steelers’ drafts has slipped.

The drop-off in talent hasn’t been as severe as it would seem for a team that has lost 11 of its past 15 games, which leads me to perhaps the Steelers’ biggest problem on the field: This team is simply allergic to momentum. The Steelers, when they were winning regularly, played so well off one another as far as the different units. This season, more often than not, the offense has not been able to bail out the defense and vice versa.

I’m curious what has held back the Bills, aside from the instability and inexperience at quarterback. This team seems to have its share of talent, so why aren’t the Bills winning more?

Rodak: The quarterback situation is a big part of it, like you said. No matter who's been out there -- Manuel, Thad Lewis or Jeff Tuel -- they haven't been able to make enough plays to win in the NFL. It's really been the defense that has picked up the slack in two of the Bills' three wins this season. Against the Baltimore Ravens, it intercepted Joe Flacco five times, and just when it looked like the Miami Dolphins were going to win a few weeks ago, Mario Williams came up with a game-changing strip-sack. So when dissecting why the Bills are 3-6, their quarterback play is the overriding factor.

Otherwise, I think the story is similar to Pittsburgh's. The defense has played well at times, but when it hasn't played well, the offense hasn't been up to snuff. And when the offense has started cranking -- and that's been rare -- the defense has dropped off. Doug Marrone referenced Wednesday the need for the defense to generate more turnovers -- it hasn't forced one in more than two games -- which has caused the Bills' turnover differential for the season to turn negative this week.

What has been the problem offensively for the Steelers? I've always counted Roethlisberger among the top 10 quarterbacks in the league, and at least on paper, there is some serious talent between Le'Veon Bell, Heath Miller and Antonio Brown. Is the offensive line really that bad to drag everyone down?

Brown: The offense played without Bell and Miller for the first two games, and it showed as the Steelers managed just two touchdowns in those contests. Bell has stabilized the running game, and Miller’s return has been huge considering his value in the running and passing game.

The offense’s struggles stem most from the ongoing shuffling along the offensive line. The unit, for whatever reason, is consistently decimated by injuries, and this season is no different. Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey went down with a season-ending knee injury in the opener. The Steelers even lost a lineman (Levi Brown) to a season-ending injury in pregame warm-ups. Those kinds of things have happened to the Steelers’ offensive line, it seems, every season since Mike Tomlin took over as head coach in 2007.

The line has played better in recent weeks, and I thought it did fairly well in New England even with the crowd noise forcing the Steelers to use a silent snap count. It faces another challenge this week as the Bills have the kind of defensive line that can really give the Steelers fits.

Williams has been a beast, and the Steelers will probably have to give left tackle Kelvin Beachum some help with Williams. Mike, what about the two interior lineman, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus? They seem like they can be plenty disruptive.

Rodak: They certainly can be, Scott. Each has four sacks this season, which puts both on pace for career highs. It seems like each week, when we talk to opposing head coaches, they start off by mentioning Dareus, Mario Williams and Kyle Williams. They're the strength of the team. Kyle Williams in particular has shown a knack for being disruptive in the backfield at the right time, while Dareus has improved from what some felt were subpar seasons since being drafted third overall in 2011. The Steelers' offensive line will need to hold its ground and allow Roethlisberger to take shots at the weaker points of the defense.

What do the Steelers need to do to turn this season around? Does any hope remain that they will make the playoffs?

Brown: Believe it or not, the players still believe they have a shot at the playoffs given how mediocre the AFC has been aside from a few teams. But they are also realistic that their focus has to stay squarely on what is in front of them.

The biggest thing the Steelers need to do to turn around their season is get back to what has worked for them for so long. That starts with stopping the run. As much as some Steelers fans want to lay blame for the defense’s failings on LeBeau -- and the fact that he is 76 -- the reality is this: LeBeau didn’t suddenly forget how to coach. However, his defense doesn’t work if the Steelers can’t stop the run and force teams into obvious passing situations.

Offensively, the Steelers have been at their best this season when they have established balance. If they want to take better care of Roethlisberger, who is taking another beating this season, they need to limit his passing attempts. The best way to do that is establish the ground game and run Bell early and often. Sounds easy enough, no?

 

Legursky wins Bills' LG job; Brown cut

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills on Tuesday released offensive lineman Colin Brown, solidifying Doug Legursky's hold on the starting job at left guard.

Legursky
Brown started the first five games of the regular season in place of Legursky, who injured his knee in the preseason finale. Legursky returned Sunday, started, and played 83 percent of offensive snaps against Cleveland.

"I thought Doug did a nice job in there for just coming back," coach Doug Marrone said Monday. "Colin has struggled before, and we did play Doug much more than we did Colin."

To replace Brown, the Bills promoted offensive lineman Mark Asper from the practice squad. He joins guard Antoine McClain, who was claimed off waivers last week, and tackle Thomas Welch as reserve options along the offensive line.

Here's a recap of the Bills' roster moves over the past two days:

Monday
Signed QB Matt Flynn
Placed S Jonathan Meeks on injured reserve/designation to return

Tuesday
Released G Colin Brown
Promoted OL Mark Asper from practice squad
Released OLB Jamie Blatnick from practice squad
Signed OL Bryant Browning to practice squad
Signed LB Jacquies Smith to practice squad

Bills open LG battle, swap backups

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills on Monday claimed guard Antoine McClain off waivers from the Oakland Raiders and released offensive lineman Sam Young, the team announced.

McClain, who stands at 6-foot-5, 336 pounds, has not appeared in a game this season. He spent all of last season on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad after being signed as an undrafted free agent from Clemson.

The Bills were using Young, who can play both tackle and guard, as their top backup guard until offensive lineman Doug Legursky returned last week from a knee injury.

Legursky was active for the first time this season but did not play in Thursday night's loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Head coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Legursky will now compete with Colin Brown for the starting job at left guard, continuing a battle that began in training camp.

"We do need to improve our play there. That's going to be an open competition," Marrone said. "Both of those players will play at left guard this week against Cincinnati. How we're going to do it, we still haven't finalized that plan. By quarters, by series, whatever it may be, that we're going to work out during the week with the players and what the best situation for all of us to get the stuff out there."

Marrone did not rule out continuing the left guard-by-committee approach, as long as it produces the right results.

"I want that position to play better now. And if two guys playing that position gives us better production, then that might be the way we go. I don't have a problem with that," he said. "If one guy clearly separates himself while they're playing, we'll be able to watch that and see that. I don't have a problem playing one. But that's a position that obviously we need to get more production from."

It's unclear if McClain will factor into the competition at all. With eight offensive linemen on their active roster, McClain may be inactive on game days.
CLEVELAND -- Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is active for Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Spiller
Spiller injured his ankle in Sunday's win against the Ravens and was seen limping in the locker room as late as Tuesday.

Cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who suffered a hamstring injury in Week 3, is active. Meanwhile, safety Jairus Byrd will miss his fifth game of the season; he is inactive.

It is not immediately clear if McKelvin being active means that Aaron Williams, who has played cornerback since McKelvin's injury, will return to safety.

Offensive lineman Sam Young is inactive for the first time this season, as top backup lineman Doug Legursky is active for the first time this season. Legursky suffered a knee injury in the preseason finale.

Full list of Bills inactives:

S Jairus Byrd
OL Sam Young
TE Chris Gragg
CB Stephon Gilmore
CB Ron Brooks
WR Marquise Goodwin
K Dustin Hopkins

Jairus Byrd inactive against Jets

September, 22, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd is inactive for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, the team announced.

Byrd
Byrd, who also missed the first two games of the season with sore feet, made the trip to New Jersey and was listed as questionable.

Offensive lineman Doug Legursky is also inactive after returning to practice this week from a knee injury.

Full list of inactives:

BUFFALO BILLS
S Jairus Byrd
OL Doug Legursky
TE Chris Gragg
CB Stephon Gilmore
CB Ron Brooks
WR Marquise Goodwin
K Dustin Hopkins

NEW YORK JETS
QB Brady Quinn
OLB Ricky Sapp
OL William Campbell
OL Oday Aboushi
OL Ben Ijalana
WR Ryan Spadola
OLB Scott Solomon

Welcome to MetLife Stadium

September, 22, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Welcome to MetLife Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills meet the New York Jets in Buffalo's first road game of the season. (CBS, 4:25 p.m. ET).

Weather conditions: Couldn't have asked for a better weather day to kick off fall. Temperatures are in the upper 60s, skies are mostly clear, and there is no precipitation expected. Winds are kicking up a little bit, with gusts currently to 25 mph.

Byrd, Legursky questionable: For the first time this season, there's some intrigue in anticipating the Bills' inactives. Safety Jairus Byrd made the trip and is questionable after missing the first two games with foot soreness. His status for the game will be clear by 2:55, when the Bills announce four more inactives for today's game. Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (fractured wrist) and Ron Brooks (fractured foot), as well as wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (fractured hand) are already out. Offensive lineman Doug Legursky is also questionable.

Marrone returns home: Today's game serves as a homecoming of sorts for Doug Marrone, in his first season as head coach. Marrone is a Bronx, N.Y., native and coached the Jets' offensive line from 2002-05.

Game-day chat: Beginning shortly before the Bills and Jets kick off at 4:25, we'll have an in-game chat where readers can contribute questions and follow along with in-game observations. Look for links to that chat later today.

Green gets the call: Official Scott Green, in his eighth season as a referee, gets the call for today's game.

Jairus Byrd questionable against Jets

September, 20, 2013
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd is questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, head coach Doug Marrone announced Friday.

Byrd, who has plantar fasciitis in his feet, had been limited in practice. He was listed as doubtful for the first two games of the regular season and was not active for either contest.

This puts Byrd's shot of playing Sunday at 50-50.

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Doug Legursky was also listed a questionable after missing the first two games with a knee injury.

Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (fractured wrist) and Ron Brooks (fractured foot), kicker Dustin Hopkins (right groin strain), and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (fractured hand) were all declared out for Sunday's game.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- As expected, the Buffalo Bills listed offensive lineman Doug Legursky as limited in his return to practice Wednesday.

Legursky
Legursky said he suffered an MCL injury in the Aug. 29 preseason finale. He was carted off the field, but the injury wound up being less severe than it first looked.

"I've had an MCL [injury] before. I knew that the [MCL] was part of my knee injury. I didn't know how extensive it was other than that," Legursky said Wednesday. "Once it was just [the MCL], I knew the road map, how to get back healthy, just as I've done it many times in my career. As have a lot of other players. That's a pretty common injury."

The sixth-year lineman said it's still too early to say when he'll return to game action, but so far it's the quickest he's recovered from this specific injury.

"As far as already doing individual [drills], it's the fastest I've ever come back from an MCL," Legursky said.

Until Legursky is back to full strength, the Bills remain thin along their offensive line. Legursky should slide into the top interior reserve role once he returns.

As for resuming his competition with Colin Brown to start at left guard, head coach Doug Marrone said that decision will have to wait.

"I think Colin Brown is our starting left guard, and we'll evaluate Doug when he gets back," he said.

Bills' Doug Legursky returns to practice

September, 18, 2013
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Doug Legursky returned to practice Wednesday, nearly three weeks after suffering a knee injury in the team's preseason finale.

Legursky, who was in a jersey and helmet, took part in positional drills during the period of practice open to reporters.

If he is able to return to play on Sunday, Legursky would give a boost to an offensive line that ranks among the worst in the league in depth.

Meanwhile, cornerback Stephon Gilmore (fractured wrist) and receiver Marquise Goodwin (fractured hand) were also in jerseys and helmets for the stretching portion of practice. They did not join their teammates in positional drills, instead working with the strength and conditioning staff.

Cornerback Ron Brooks (fractured foot) was the lone player not spotted on the field.

Gilmore, Legursky progressing in rehab

September, 11, 2013
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills had two injured players back on the practice field Wednesday, with cornerback Stephon Gilmore and offensive lineman Doug Legursky doing rehab work outdoors as the rest of the team practiced.

Neither player was in uniform, but it was the first time either player has been spotted at practice since they were injured in back-to-back weeks during the preseason.

Gilmore, who fractured his wrist on Aug. 24, was wearing a brace on his left wrist as he rode an exercise bike. Legursky, wearing a brace over his left knee that he injured on Aug. 29, worked with the strength staff.

Only two Bills weren't spotted on the practice field: wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (fractured hand) and cornerback Ron Brooks (fractured foot). Both are expected to miss significant time.

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