Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- It's a part of life in the National Football League, but the Buffalo Bills are feeling the injury bug as much as any team around the country. For the past two weeks the injury report had been dwindling for the Bills. On Wednesday though, seven new names have been added since last Friday.
The Bills were without five players that had not been on last week's report during the first practice of this week. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring), rush linebacker Mario Williams (ankle), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (ankle) and guard Kraig Urbik (knee) all did not participate.
Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters on Monday that Johnson and Mario Williams should be ready to play on Sunday.
They joined cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand), cornerback Ron Brooks (foot) and kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin) as the players that could not do any positional or team drills during practice.
Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus (ankle) was a limited participant for the first time this season. He had received only 24 defensive snaps against the New York Jets due to that injury, and an arm injury that he needed to get taped up throughout the game.
Dareus joins safety Jairus Byrd (feet) as the only two limited participants. Byrd seemed to have taken a step forward by being listed as "questionable" against the Jets, but did not play in Sunday's contest. Marrone told reporters that Byrd has one last hurdle to clear and when that happens, the safety should be ready to play.
After injuring his quad in the first half against New York, running back C.J. Spiller was a full participant in practice. He admitted there was still some soreness, but said he had no hesitation during practice when he was trying to make cuts during team drills.
The lone upgrade of the session was interior lineman Doug Legursky (knee). He was a limited participant all week leading up to the Jets game, and was bumped up to practicing in full on Wednesday.
Marrone was asked if Legursky could be a candidate to start taking first team repetitions in practice now that he's a full participant, considering the struggles that starting left guard Colin Brown has gone through. The head coach nixed the theory.
"I don't think we're at that stage yet with him," he said regarding Legursky.
The Bills get back on the practice field on Thursday morning at One Bills Drive.