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Jairus Byrd, Leodis McKelvin questionable on final injury report

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has announced the team's final injury report for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens in Ralph Wilson Stadium:

Out

  • Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand)
  • Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist)
  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin)

Questionable

  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring)
  • Safety Jairus Byrd (feet)

Probable

  • Running back C.J. Spiller (quadriceps)
  • Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring)
  • Guard Kraig Urbik (knee)
  • Guard Doug Legursky (knee)
  • Defensive end Mario Williams (ankle)
  • Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (ankle)
  • Defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles)

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.

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Important Bills defenders do more at practice today

By Tim Graham

As expected, some Buffalo Bills participated more today after not practicing Wednesday.

Most notable were defensive linemen Mario Williams and Kyle Williams and cornerback Leodis McKelvin.

Kyle Williams confirmed he sat out Wednesday's session to rest his surgically repaired Achilles. He said it's important to get whenever he can, especially with the quick turnaround for next Thursday's road game against the Cleveland Browns.

Bills coach Doug Marrone reiterated that McKelvin's availability for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens likely won't be determined until just before the game.

Did not practice

  • Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand)
  • Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist)
  • Cornerback Ron Brooks (foot)
  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin)

Limited practice

  • Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring)
  • Guard Kraig Urbik (knee)
  • Defensive end Mario Williams (ankle)
  • Defensive tackler Kyle Williams (Achilles)
  • Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (ankle)
  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring)
  • Safety Jairus Byrd (feet)

Full practice

  • Running back C.J. Spiller (quadriceps)
  • Guard Doug Legursky (knee)

C.J. Spiller, Mario Williams say they're OK; secondary not so much

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone needed half a minute this afternoon to rattle off all his team's injuries.

Did not practice

  • Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand)
  • Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring)
  • Guard Kraig Urbik (knee)
  • Defensive end Mario Williams (ankle)
  • Defensive tackler Kyle Williams (Achilles)
  • Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist)
  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring)
  • Cornerback Ron Brooks (foot)
  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin)

Limited practice

  • Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (ankle)
  • Safety Jairus Byrd (feet)

Full practice

  • Running back C.J. Spiller (quadriceps)
  • Guard Doug Legursky (knee)

Defensive end Alex Carrington had quadriceps surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Spiller and Mario Williams expressed confidence they'll play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

"The biggest thing, I wasn't hesitant," Spiller said. "That was really going to be my biggest mental hurdle, if I was going to be hesitant on my cut, and I wasn't. I was able to push off it.

"Still some soreness in it, not completely where I want it to be. But I think by Sunday it'll be completely gone."

Kyle Williams had a rest day, and Marrone indicated his defensive line will remain intact.

"We're fine up front," Marrone said.

The secondary is in trouble. Marrone said, "Leodis is in the mix still, and it's day-to-day," but safety Aaron Williams (last year's coverage foil) and Justin Rogers (Sunday's coverage foil) were the first-team cornerbacks in practice today.

"We're going through different combinations, different combinations of schematics, man, zone, matchups," Marrone said. "We'll see what gives us the best opportunity to be successful. That process is going to be day-to-day."

Jairus Byrd inactive again for Bills

By Tim Graham

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd will not make his season debut today.

The Bills have scratched Byrd for this afternoon's game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands.

Here are all of the inactives:

Buffalo Bills

  • Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin
  • Tight end Chris Gragg
  • Guard Doug Legursky
  • Cornerback Ron Brooks
  • Cornerback Stephon Gilmore
  • Safety Jairus Byrd
  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins

New York Jets

  • Quarterback Brady Quinn
  • Wide receiver Ryan Spadola
  • Guard Will Campbell
  • Tackle Ben Ijalana
  • Tackle Oday Aboushi
  • Linebacker Ricky Sapp
  • Linebacker Scott Solomon

Jairus Byrd, Doug Legursky still limited participants in practice

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills' injury report remains unchanged this afternoon heading into Sunday's game at the New York Jets.

Safety Jairus Byrd (feet) and guard Doug Legursky (knee) participated in a limited basis on the team's grass field outside next to the fieldhouse, while kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin), cornerback Ron Brooks (foot), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand) were held out.

For the Jets, receiver Santonio Holmes did not practice Thursday because of a foot injury. Holmes participated in a limited basis on Wednesday. Running back Bilal Powell was a full participant in practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday, while offensive lineman Oday Aboushi was a new addition to the report Thursday because of a knee injury.

Bills guard Doug Legursky returns to practice field

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills guard Doug Legursky was back on the practice field today.

That doesn't fall in the "breaking news" category, but given the Bills' struggles at left guard over the first couple weeks of the season, it's a potentially important development.

Left guard Colin Brown beat out Legursky for the job early in training camp, but Brown has struggled according to analytics site ProFootballFocus.com.

PFF's metrics rank Brown the worst guard in the league.

He has graded out at minus- 9.8 in run blocking and minus-5.9 in pass blocking. PFF has faulted him for EJ Manuel's lone sack and eight hurries, including all four in Sunday's 24-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Legursky had a large brace on his left knee, which he injured in the second preseason game. Legursky's injury appeared serious at the time, but he was not placed on short-term injured reserve because the Bills expected him back and able to contribute.

Doug Marrone not yet ready to say Bills have a kicking competition

By Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said he'll wait until rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins is 100 percent healthy before deciding whether he will need to compete with veteran Dan Carpenter for the job.

"I'm going to wait to make that decision," Marrone said today. "Right now, what we have is Dan's out there playing for us and we're happy."

Carpenter made a good case for the job in Sunday's victory over the Carolina Panthers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He bounced back from missing a 42-yard attempt by hitting from 55 yards.

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Jairus Byrd among Panthers-Bills inactives

By Tim Graham

Here are the inactives for this afternoon's game between the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium:

Carolina Panthers

  • Running back Kenjon Barner
  • Tight end Brandon Williams
  • Center Brian Folkerts
  • Defensive end Wes Horton
  • Defensive tackle Sione Fua
  • Cornerback Melvin White
  • Cornerback James Dockery

Buffalo Bills

  • Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin
  • Tight end Chris Gragg
  • Guard Doug Legursky
  • Cornerback Stephon Gilmore
  • Cornerback Ron Brooks
  • Safety Jairus Byrd
  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins

Jairus Byrd, Rob Gronkowski top list of Bills-Patriots inactives

By Jay Skurski

Inactives for today's season opener between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots here at Ralph Wilson Stadium:

Buffalo Bills

  • CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist)
  • G Doug Legursky (knee)
  • K Dustin Hopkins (groin)
  • S Jairus Byrd (feet)
  • DT Jay Ross (healthy)
  • TE Chris Gragg (healthy)
  • DL Corbin Bryant (healthy)

Justin Rogers will start at right cornerback in place of Gilmore, while Da'Norris Searcy starts at free safety in place of Byrd.

New England Patriots

  • TE Rob Gronkowski (back)
  • WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring)
  • RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
  • OL Will Svitek (knee)
  • DB Nate Ebner (ankle)
  • DB Duron Hamon (hamstring)
  • KR Leon Washington (healthy) 
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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.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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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