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McGee's out, Merriman's good, Easley's a question mark

The Buffalo Bills' depth in the defensive backfield will be put to the test starting Sunday against Oakland.

Cornerback Terrence McGee's hamstring injury is "not good," according to coach Chan Gailey, and will keep him out of the lineup for at least a few weeks.

That means Drayton Florence and Leodis McKelvin are the starters, and rookie second-round draft pick Aaron Williams will see a lot more time on the field when the Bills go to their nickel or dime packages.

Williams got a passing grade from coach Chan Gailey after his first game.

"He did ok. The problem with that, with his situaton in the game, was he didn't get many reps during the week. He made a mistake I think on all of the first three plays he was in there. Then he settled down and played a lot better as the game went on. He'll be just fine. ... I think he's going to be a good player for us."

Behind McKelvin, Florence and Williams on the depth chart is rookie seventh-round draft pick Justin Rogers.

Gailey said the team will do its due diligence this week in looking for veteran help at the position.


The injury news was better for linebacker Shawne Merriman. He said other than the usual soreness that comes after a game, his shoulder was fine and he does not anticipate missing any practice time.


Gailey also provided an update on second-year receiver Marcus Easley, who missed Sunday's game with an undisclosed illness. Easley has already been ruled out of the home opener Sunday against Oakland.

"It's gotten a little more prolonged than we thought," Gailey said. "We're going to have to get more evaluation on him and see exactly where that's going to go. He won't be ready this week for sure. I know what it is, but I don't think I ought to say. I think he ought to say if anybody does."

---Jay Skurski


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