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Posted: Monday, 07 October 2013 6:15PM

Bills restart left guard competition

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- Through the first five games of the regular season, one of the biggest weaknesses along the starting lineup has been the play of their left guard.

It was a position that was unclear heading into training camp, and even head coach Doug Marrone had some critical comments of the two men battling for the starting job just a few days in.

Despite the negative play of starter Colin Brown, the lineman went unopposed through the first quarter of the season due to a knee injury suffered by Doug Legursky in the preseason finale. Now with Legursky fully healthy and back up to speed, the job doesn't belong to Brown in full anymore.

"That's going to be an open competition," the coach said of the left guard spot. "Both those players will play left guard this week versus Cincinnati. How we're going to do it, we still haven't finalized that plan -- quarter, series, whatever it may be."

It isn't clear when or even if the position will have only one suitor, all Marrone is wants is a bit more consistency from whoever is manning that spot along the offensive line.

"I want that position to play better… now," he said Monday. "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. If one guy clearly separates themselves while they're playing and 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 out of."

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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