Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Following their 23-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Buffalo Bills admitted that they would need better quarterback play from rookie EJ Manuel. In their next game, Manuel may have to improve dramatically without the help of the Bills' top two wide receivers.
On Wednesday, head coach Doug Marrone ruled out rookie wideout Robert Woods from Sunday's game against the New York Jets and had no inclination of whether Stevie Johnson would be able to play. Both players sat out of the team's first practice of the week.
Woods is dealing with a high ankle sprain and it appears the Bills are opting to rest him with a bye week following their upcoming contest. He missed the team's game against the Steelers with the injury.
Johnson's groin injury has put him firmly in the 'wait-and-see' category. To begin the week, Marrone said they were going to try and get the wideout on the field in a limited capacity on Wednesday, but that didn't come to fruition. The coach said they're going to see how the receiver feels on Thursday and go from there.
Safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) and defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) were the only other non-participants on Wednesday. It was merely a rest day for Williams, while Searcy's status for Sunday is still unclear.
The Bills resume practice on Thursday in Orchard Park.