Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Heading into their contest with the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend, the Buffalo Bills are up in the air about two of their key starters. Following Friday's practice, head coach Doug Marrone said that both wide receiver Stevie Johnson and cornerback Stephon Gilmore will be a game-time decision on Sunday.
Johnson has been dealing with an injured back, but that's been coupled with his absence from the past three days of practice due to personal issues. The wideout has been back him in Oakland, California attending the funeral of someone in the family and is set to arrive back in Buffalo on Friday.
Gilmore has missed the first five weeks of the season after suffering a fractured wrist in the preseason. He's been worked in sparingly to defensive sets during the portion of practices open to the media.
The cornerback had surgery to repair the fracture and just got pins out of his hand on Tuesday. He's been sporting a club on his hand during practice to protect the injury.
Running back C.J. Spiller was also listed as questionable for the contest, although he was not labeled as a game-time decision by Marrone. Spiller suffered an ankle injury against Baltimore in Week Four, and was only able to take limited snaps against the Browns. Marrone said the running back has progressed much better this week than he had ahead of the Cleveland game.
Marquise Goodwin will likely make his return to the field barring any unforeseen setbacks. The rookie wide receiver has been labeled as probable for the Bengals game, after missing the past four games with a fractured bone in his hand. He'll take over the kick return duties.
Defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) and wide receiver Marcus Easley (ribs) are both designated as probable as well. Only quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) and cornerback Ron Brooks (foot) have been declared out against Cincinnati.
The Bills and Bengals square off Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, 1 pm.
Bills' Gilmore, Johnson declared game-time decisions
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The Next President of the USA is.....
Russ Brandon!!! He sure lies like one. That Ralph Wilson Stadium advantage had worked well over the past dozen years. How about guaranteeing a quality product that is worth our time and money!?
“Mr. Wilson has generously guaranteed the purchase ofthe remaining tickets for this weekend’s game,” said Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon. “Through their energy and enthusiasm, our fans create an unparalleled home field advantage. It’s great to share that experience with the entire region.”
wake me up when it's over
The marketing for the Bills is like the marketing would be for an old band that used to be good: "Hey, they have a great history, and even though they stink now, every concert is an event in itself." Really. So pay top dollar, go to the concert and party, and who knows, maybe the band will hit the right notes.