By Sal Maiorana - Rochester D&C
Bills coach Doug Marrone said he feels good about cornerback Stephon Gilmore returning to action Sunday against Cincinnati, but Gilmore is clearly still bothered by his surgically repaired wrist.
Gilmore participated on a limited basis in practice Wednesday, but in the locker room afterward, he was not able to use his left hand to take his equipment and tape off.
"I went out there and did what I could do, first time back on the practice field, getting my feet wet and going from there,"" said Gilmore. "This is the most I've done since I got hurt in Washington. There's a little pain, but nothing that hurts really, really bad. The main thing is trying to get my legs back, backpedaling, turning and running and finding the ball. That's what I'm trying to do."
Gilmore had pins removed from his hand Tuesday, but he's carrying the hand gingerly in everything he does. He's going to wear some type of cast on game day, and he's not sure how that will work out.
"It'll probably be awkward, just got to get used to it and play with it," he said. "I'll listen to the coaches, whatever they want me to do, I'm going to do.
Elsewhere on Buffalo's sizable injury report, quarterback EJ Manuel and wide receiver Stevie Johnson did not participate. Johnson would have sat out because of his back injury, but he was not at One Bills Drive due to a death in the family. He is expected back later in the week and will play Sunday.
Besides Gilmore, running back C.J. Spiller (ankle), cornerback Ron Brooks (foot), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand), and wide receiver Marcus Easley (ribs) were all limited. Marrone wasn't sure if Brooks would be ready by game day, but he thinks Goodwin can return.
"We're getting some players back which is a good thing," said Marrone. "They had a good practice, they've had some time, and we're getting ready to go for Cincinnati."