PITTSFORD – Left tackle Cordy Glenn is back on the active roster for the Buffalo Bills, but it could be a while before the third-year pro sees action in a game.
The Bills on Saturday announced Glenn had passed his physical and been elevated to the roster from the non-football/illness list. Details on what has kept Glenn out, however, remain limited.
“It’s very difficult for me to comment on it because I really don’t know what I can and cannot say when it comes down to it,” coach Doug Marrone said. “Cordy is a very good football player. We’re going to take it very, very slowly to see how he comes back in the first couple days. We will just do a little bit on the side and a little bit individual. You won’t see him participating in any team for a while. Then we’ll see how he responds because I really don’t know. We have Seantrel Henderson ready and Chris Hairston has played. If Cordy comes back and he’s at form, then we’ll see what the best combination of five is.”
Glenn spoke with the media for the first time since camp started, saying his absence is related to a personal medical issue.
“It was frustrating just not being out here with the fellas and not working everyday with them. I’m back now and I’m just trying to knock off the rust a little bit,” he said. “Any time you take a couple of weeks off, you’re going to be a little rusty. I’m really not worried about that right now. I’m just trying to come back, help out the team and just get a little better every day.”
Glenn wouldn’t put a timetable on when he might take part in team drills or if he would participate in one of the three remaining preseason games.
“I don’t really know any details or anything. I’m just out here taking it day by day right now,” he said. “There’s still a little bit of time. Right now I’m just focused on trying to help the team out and getting comfortable out here again.”
Duke Williams and Da’Norris Searcy were the starting safeties during team drills Saturday night, leaving Aaron Williams with the second team.
“You gotta ask Donnie on that one. I just do what he tells me to do,” Aaron Williams said of why he was running with the reserves, referring to defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson. “He changes it up each and every practice, just so people can get different looks and see what kind of chemistry each person has. It doesn’t really mean anything.”
The team charter returning from Friday’s game in Charlotte didn’t get back to Rochester until after 2 a.m., so the Bills conducted a light practice that lasted less than two hours on the turf field at Growney Stadium.
“We’re going to be smart. People say, ‘Oh my God, they’re practicing already!’ We’re not going to hit,” Marrone said before the practice. “We’re not playing the maximum amount of plays per game so we’re smart with our players. They’ve done a nice job and obviously it’s my responsibility to make sure that we’re ready to go.”
Being the day after the game, the Bills had a lengthy list of players not practicing. They were: cornerback Ron Brooks (thigh), tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring), safety Derek Brim (hip), guard Chris Williams (back), receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring), cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hip) and safety Kenny Ladler (hamstring).
Among the highlights:
• Linebacker Nigel Bradham came down with an interception after Searcy knocked away an EJ Manuel pass intended for tight end Scott Chandler.
• Manuel connected on a nice deep throw to Mike Williams down the right sideline.
• Rookie cornerback Ross Cockrell made two strong plays in red-zone 7-on-7 work. Cockrell first kept Sammy Watkins out of the end zone, then on the next play had tight defense on Williams to force an incompletion.
• Quarterback Jeff Tuel threw a touchdown to T.J. Graham on a fade pattern in red-zone 7-on-7 work.