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Stephon Gilmore getting more comfortable playing one-handed

By Jay Skurski

Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore said today he's not sure how much longer he will need to wear the "club" that protects his surgically repaired left wrist, but that playing with it Sunday for a second straight week was much easier.

"I've got to use my legs more. I can't really use my hands like I want to, so I've got to really win with my feet," Gilmore said this morning. "So I think that's helping my game a lot."

Gilmore played 36 defensive snaps (55 percent) against the Dolphins. That's up from the 26 snaps (30 percent) he saw against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Six.


"I'm learning a lot as I'm playing with it," Gilmore said. "When I get it off, I think it'll help my game be on another level."

Coach Doug Marrone said the decision on when Gilmore can play without the heavy wrap will be made by the player's surgeon.

"It's not even really our doctors. It's the surgeon's call about when that comes off," Marrone said. "But there's no doubt he definitely looked much more comfortable. And I think he’ll even be more comfortable this upcoming week."

Gilmore finished with five tackles and one pass defensed Sunday in Buffalo's 23-21 victory.


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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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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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