Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- As the Buffalo Bills turn their attention to the Carolina Panthers for Week 2 of the regular season, they got back on the practice field on Wednesday. For the first time since his injury, cornerback Stephon Gilmore was seen during the session working along the side with training staff.
Gilmore wasn't bedecked in normal practice garb, instead just doing some stretching and work on the stationary bike while the team was going through individual drills.
"Yeah, it's a step forward," Gilmore said after practice. "I'm just trying to take it day-by-day and get a little bit of conditioning in there. Just try to stay in football mode so that when I'm ready to come back, I'll be ready."
During the practice Gilmore was sporting a brace on his left hand but wasn't wearing it when speaking with reporters. After having surgery to repair the wrist fracture, the hand still had some swelling, stitches and three pins inserted into the top of his hand.
Gilmore was unaware of any timetable on his injury, saying that he's meeting with the doctors next Tuesday for an updated prognosis. When the injury initially happened after the third preseason game, Gilmore was expected to miss anywhere from six to eight weeks. By the process of elimination that would make his outlook -- before his visit with the doctor -- as four to six weeks away from a return.
As the Bills started their weekly preparations, they were without five players during the first practice of the week. Gilmore was joined by guard Doug Legursky (knee), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand), cornerback Ron Brooks (foot) and kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin) as non-participants.
Legursky did some work with the training staff along the side during practice as well. The backup guard did interval training drills with ropes, medicine balls, monster truck tires and sledgehammers.
All the players missing practice, with the exception of Hopkins, have already been ruled out for the game against the Panthers by head coach Doug Marrone. The rookie will begin kicking later this week to see how much longer he'll have to sit out with an injured groin. In the interim, veteran Dan Carpenter continues to handle the field goal and kickoff duties.
Goodwin and Brooks each had successful surgery following their Week 1 fractures. Marrone did not supply any firm timetables as to when they would return, only saying that they'll both miss some time.
Safety Jairus Byrd was the only player listed as a limited participant. Both he and the team are waiting for his case of plantar fasciitis in both feet to subside before he gets in the lineup.
Quarterback EJ Manuel admitted he had some soreness in his knee and was sporting a brace after not wearing one on Sunday, but insisted he was fine. The rookie was not listed on the injury report, therefore making him a full participant at practice.
The Bills resume practice on Thursday morning in Orchard Park.