Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Upon taking over the starting role in 2010, Buffalo Bills wide receiver had never missed a start due to injury. That was, at least, until this past weekend when the combination of a back injury and a death in the family kept him off the field last Sunday against Cincinnati.
The way Johnson has been trending at practice, it appears to be very encouraging in terms of his availability for Week Seven in Miami this weekend. Johnson was merely a limited participant on Wednesday, but was upgraded on Thursday to practicing in full with the team.
Johnson had previously declared that Wednesday's session would be a big test, but upon his heightened workload just a day after, the back apparently responded very well. Head coach Doug Marrone will provide the wide receiver's official status for Sunday after Friday's practice, along with all the other players listed on the injury report.
That also includes running back C.J. Spiller (ankle), linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring), defensive end Mario Williams (hip) and Ron Brooks (foot), all of whom were limited during the Thursday workout. Earlier in the week Marrone remarked that both Lawson and Williams should be fine for Sunday.
Along with Johnson, defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) and quarterback Thad Lewis (foot) also practiced in full. Williams was given a rest day on Wednesday, and Lewis appears to be a full go for Sunday barring any unforeseen setbacks.
The only non-participant was rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, who will miss the next four-to-six weeks with an LCL sprain. In his stead, Lewis will get the start and either veteran Matt Flynn or rookie Jeff Tuel will be the backup quarterback.
Marrone has yet to determine whether Flynn would be up to speed in time for the game Sunday. If he isn't, Tuel will dress and be the backup to Lewis for the second straight week. The Bills signed Flynn on Monday.
Buffalo hits the practice field one more time on Friday in Orchard Park, and then fly out to Miami on Saturday for their Sunday contest against the Dolphins.