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Doug Marrone says Bills will be careful with Doug Legursky

Doug Legursky - McCoy
Bills offensive lineman Doug Legursky was injured in the third preseason game. (Photo by James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have had problems at their offensive guard spots.

Left guard Colin Brown has struggled. Right guard Kraig Urbik is dealing with a knee injury.

That's why Doug Legursky's return from a knee injury is worth watching. Legursky, hurt in the third preseason game, has been listed as a full practice participant this week.

Bills coach Doug Marrone, however, said the team will exercise caution with activating Legursky for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens or beyond.

"We're still working with Doug," Marrone said. "A lot of it is communication with Doug and exactly how he feels. He's coming back, and there's still some things that pull a little bit.

"Now, it's more of conditioning and when he can be 110 percent and feeling good. Then I think we'll be able to pull the string, make a decision of whether he's up or down."

When asked, Marrone wouldn't commit to re-opening the left guard competition between Legursky and Brown. Marrone said he would wait until Legursky was fully recovered before deciding further.

Analytics site grades Brown the worst guard in the NFL through three weeks. PFF has faulted Brown for one sack, four quarterback hits and a league-high 13 hurries.

STATS Inc. has pegged Brown for two sacks allowed.


Colin Brown | Doug Legursky | Doug Marrone | Kraig Urbik
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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