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Stevie Johnson, Stephon Gilmore to be game-time decisions

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills expect to decide on the availability of receiver Stevie Johnson and cornerback Stephon Gilmore during pregame warmups on Sunday, coach Doug Marrone said today.

Johnson has a sore lower back and Gilmore is coming back from a broken hand. Both will be listed as questionable, Marrone said after the Bills finished their Friday practice in Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

"I really think at the end of the day Stevie and Gilmore will be a game-time decision," Marrone said. "I feel good about everybody else."

Gilmore participated in Friday's workout. Johnson has been absent all week due to a death in the family. Johnson is due to be back in town this evening.

Marrone said running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) is questionable. Listed as probable are safety Jairus Byrd, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and receiver Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin is expected back for the first time since injuring his hand in the season opener.


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Tim Graham

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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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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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