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Competition back on between Doug Legursky, Colin Brown

By Jay Skurski

When Doug Legursky went down with a knee injury in the Buffalo Bills' final preseason game, Colin Brown won the team's starting left guard job by default.

With Legursky now fully recovered from that injury, coach Doug Marrone said today that competition is back on.

"We do need to improve our play there. ... That's going to be an open competiton. Both those players will play left guard this week versus Cincinnati. So that's where we are with that," Marrone said. "How we're going to do it, we still haven't finalized that plan -- quarters, series, whatever it may be. That we're going to work out during the week with the players."

Legursky made his season debut in Week Five against Cleveland, but appeared for just one snap in place of Brown. That will change going forward as Marrone seeks more consistency.

"I want that position to play better now," the coach said. "If two guys playing that position gives us better production, than that might be the way we go. I don't have a problem with that. If one guys clearly separates himself while they're playing and we'll be able to watch that and see that, I don't have a problem playing one, but that's a position that obviously we need to get more production out of."

The 6-foot-1, 315-pound Legursky, who was signed in the offseason as a free agent from Pittsburgh, does not have the size of the 6-7, 326-pound Brown. It's possible the Bills could rotate them depending on the type of interior defensive linemen they face in a given week.

"I'm a versatile-type player. I can go in multiple positions if need be. If I do get some reps on game day, I’m excited about that," Legursky said. "I’m excited to finally hit a different color jersey."

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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

Mark Gaughan

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.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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