Bills don't think Glenn's illness will claim season "at this time"
Most were caught by surprise when the Buffalo Bills sent out a press release earlier in the week that had three prominent players on the roster starting training camp on non-participation lists.
Of the three, the most notable was left tackle Cordy Glenn who didn't participate in full at the mandatory minicamp due to an illness. While it isn't known if it's the same illness that labeled him with this status, Glenn was placed on the Active/Non-Football Illness list.
Most remember Bills offensive lineman Chris Hairston and his battle with the same status during last year's training camp. Hairston ended up on that list permanently, ending his season without ever getting on the field.
Is Glenn's season in jeopardy? General manager Doug Whaley answered that when addressing the media on Friday.
"We don't think so at this time. It's just gonna have to see on how he progresses. We hope not," Whaley said. "We're still waiting on some reports on him, but it looks like it's gonna be one of those day-to-day things and we'll see how it progresses."
In addition to Glenn, defensive tackle Alan Branch received the same designation just a few days before training camp was set to begin. In the GM's explanation of the condition, the team is also awaiting on the word from their medical staff as to when Branch can be available.
"When he came in and did his physicals, there were some tests that came back that we need to wait on and see if everything is okay," Whaley remarked. "If they come back okay, he will be out on the field. He is at camp now, though."
Cornerback Leodis McKelvin will also start training camp on the sidelines because the Bills placed him on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. Whaley said it wasn't a new injury, but the team would rather work him back in slowly following the cornerback's offseason hip surgery. There was no immediate timetable for McKelvin's return.
For any of the three, they can be activated from their non-participation lists as soon as they get full clearance from the team's medical staff. The Bills get on the practice field for the first time at St. John Fisher College on Sunday night.
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