The thinking out of Buffalo's 30-21 win was that it might've come at a steep price. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who has asserted himself as one of the top corners in the NFL, left the game with a shoulder injury. He left with the shoulder in a sling, telling The News he felt it pop out.
Gilmore was planning to have a MRI done on Monday. Coach Rex Ryan expects him to be back this season, if not this week.
"We'll see how it goes," Ryan said. "He did leave with a shoulder. A lot of times, when you don't return in games that's usually an indicator that it may be a stretch but we'll see how he feels. Obviously, he's a guy that if he can go we need him out there. There's no question about it because he is a tremendous player for us. And then, same thing with (Ron) Brooks. As the week goes on we'll see how he is."
Inside linebacker Tony Steward (back) is in the same boat.
The initial tests lead Ryan to believe Gilmore is more week to week.
"I don't believe it's season-ending," Ryan said. "I think you can rule that out."
Buffalo should be getting other back from injury, too. He's hopeful Karlos Williams (shoulder) and right tackle Seantrel Henderson (illness) will return this week against Philadelphia. Guard John Miller (ankle) is still a stretch to return. Inside linebacker Nigel Bradham (ankle), Ryan said, remains "doubtful" to return.
Safety Aaron Williams (neck) is eligible to play this week off on injured reserve with designation to return but isn't ready yet. He won't practice, either, as Ryan said Williams will continue to condition.
"We like where he's at and hopefully at the end of the year, we'll be able to use him," Ryan said, "and he'll be able to play for us. But we're not going to put him out there until we know. Our trainers are on top of it. He's been working out with our strength coaches and conditioning and all that as well. So we'll see how it fares late in the season."
Asked if it's 50/50 he'll be back, Ryan said "that's probably where it is."