Leodis McKelvin has battled injury all preseason, but Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone says he expects McKelvin to be ready against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
McKelvin is expected to be one of Buffalo's top corner backs, next to Stephon Gilmore, and also will serve as Buffalo's punt returner. Marrone says he is optimistic about McKelvin's status for Sunday, and that he likes the way he's looked.
"I think we'll see when we get out there on Sunday, but we just wanted to make sure we got to this point where he's feeling better and better each day, rather than have any real setbacks.," Marrone said. "(He’s looked) better and better. I think, when he came back it was more of a rust type of injury. [It was more] shaking the rust off than it was working through pain."
McKelvin had his best season last year and hopes to duplicate that this year, as defense will be an emphasis for the Bills. Gilmore has struggled this preseason and has shown little to prove the notion that he can be a shutdown corner in the NFL. If McKelvin can play as well as he did last season, the Bills can give more safety help to Gilmore if he needs it.
The Bills are no stranger to injuries, as the plagued them last season, and are already a factor this season. Kiko Alonso will miss the entire season with a torn ACL he suffered while working out in the offseason, and McKelvin has battled his injury all preseason. If he can be 100 percent healthy going into this year, and stay that way, the Bills should benefit from it.
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