The Buffalo Bills will look far healthier in the defensive backfield the next time they take the field. The same can't be said at quarterback.
Coach Doug Marrone said Friday cornerbacks Ron Brooks and Stephon Gilmore will play Oct. 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals, as will safety Jairus Byrd. All three players had missed the entire season to date with their various ailments. Indications were if the Bills had a full week to prepare this week, the players would have suited up this coming weekend.
Not suiting up for a few weeks, though, will be quarterback EJ Manuel. He injured his right LCL and is expected to sit out "a few weeks," Marrone said. Manuel went out in the third quarter of Thursday's loss, and backup Jeff Tuel was extremely ineffective in his stead. Tuel went 8-of-20 for a meager 80 yards and the back-breaking interception on a potential game-winning drive that was returned for a game-clinching final touchdown by Cleveland. The Bills have not indicated what they will do at quarterback, but Tampa Bay did just release Josh Freeman, who has a division title to his credit.
Next week will be the first time all year the Bills will have a full defensive backfield. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin returned Thursday after missing last week's win over Baltimore. Brooks is the primary nickel cornerback.
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