There were several key storylines as the Bills returned to the field after an off day Wednesday morning.
The first involved a player who wasn't there. Head coach Doug Marrone says he expects veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb to return to campus on Thursday night. He's been excused because of a death in the family. He's also missed practice since injuring a knee when slipping on a wet mat running between fields on Saturday morning. Marrone says if Kolb's given medical clearance when he returns, he may practice on Friday night. It remains very much to be seen if he will play in Sunday's first preseason game at Indianapolis.
Also, it raised more than a few eyebrows when left tackle Cordy Glenn lined up at left guard when offensive line drills began. After the practice, Doug Marrone explained the reason why:
"One of the things we tried to do today, and some of you may have noticed it, from an offensive perspective, we took Cordy Glenn and moved him inside. And the reason why is...we're not experimenting with him being, not being the left tackle. We know that down the road from now, when we're dressing seven linemen, we'll have a swing inside player and a swing outside player, swing tackle and a swing center guard. And what we want to make sure of is if something does occur with an injury, and one of the inside players are injured, then the swing player goes in there, which one of our tackles is best suited to go in there next. That's why we wanted to work him today and I'm pleased with that. I saw what I needed to see, meaning that he can do that and make that transition."
Also on Wednesday, offensive coordinator Nate Hackett spoke to the media and made it clear that he plans to make the most out of using running back C.J. Spiller, and other skill position players on offense:
"That's my goal. If he's tapping out, I feel as though that I've done my job and I think that's critical. It goes the same way with Stevie. It goes the same way with all those guys. When you go up tempo and have a lot of plays...see which guys have to tap out and that's the challenge to those guys."
The Bills return to the field Thursday at 8:00am.