Bills coach Dick Jauron did not dismiss the idea that second-year tackle Demetrius Bell could push starting left tackle Langston Walker for a starting job when asked about the issue Monday.
Bell did not practice Monday due to a sore lower back and has not played in the past two exhibition games.
Asked if Bell has any chance of starting at left tackle against the Patriots, Jauron answered:
"We really liked the way he was coming. We wanted to see him work in there with our first unit in this last game and had planned to split time (between Walker and Bell). And we would like to see him get healthy quick so we could get him back out there playing because he was doing really well. He lacks a lot of experience. So it’s a tough one. It’s a stretch to say that he could be out there (vs. New England). But you’d never say that he couldn’t."
Asked about the fact he did not flat-out reject the suggestion of Bell taking Walker's spot, Jauron replied:
"No I didn’t flat out say he couldn’t. I hardly ever flat out say anything. (There were laughs among the media corps.) The reason why I generally say things like that is we’ve all seen things happen. … So I could never say there’s no way you could see. You could probably name about anybody likely to be on our roster and I’d say the same thing."
While Jauron was referring to an injury putting a player in the lineup in his second answer, he certainly refrained from throwing cold water on the idea of Bell pushing Walker in the first.