The Buffalo Bills could be without two starters for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Bills listed left tackle Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) as out, while defensive end Shaq Lawson (groin) is questionable. Neither practiced Friday.
Rookie Dion Dawkins is expected to replace Glenn – who also was inactive for last Sunday's victory against the Denver Broncos – for the second week in a row.
"I’m confident in Dion," coach Sean McDermott said. "He’s only going to continue to get better, just like the rest of our team. That’s what we’re focused on, continuous improvement, whether it’s Dion, or anyone else for that matter, myself included. We’re just going to continue to grow and get better, and learn from our mistakes.
"The good part about it is you have a young guy here who has already got a significant number of snaps under his belt at left tackle, he has played some right tackle obviously. When you look at the number of young players that are on the field for us, whether it’s Dion, (cornerback) Tre’Davious (White), some of the other young players that we have, getting significant time is all good for us."
McDermott said Lawson's availability against the Falcons would be a game-time decision.
If Lawson can't play, Ryan Davis and Eddie Yarbrough will take turns filling his spot.
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is expected to return from the ankle injury that sidelined him last week, barring a setback, McDermott said.
The coach tried to downplay the issue of Dareus seeing limited playing time when he has been healthy.
"To a point, I think it’s (the media) that are probably more focused on the snap count, and this and that," McDermott said. "... this is the rotation. A lot of (the snap-count discussion) is minutiae, stuff that’s really unnecessary. He needs to be focused on what is important, and that’s coming out, playing his best brand of football that he can play, and us doing the same thing as a team. This is a step in the right direction, and we’ll carry that momentum with us moving forward."
Said Dareus, "I'm ready to have some fun, ready to be a part of the game. I'm just ready to play good, man, just have a good time. There's nobody that can block me, there's nobody that can handle me. And I don't care. Double-teams, one-on-ones, it doesn't matter. But I'm only one piece of the puzzle and I have no control over what plays they call, how many times I play. I'm just going to do what I'm told."
The Bills on Friday promoted defensive end Eric Lee from the practice squad to fill the opening they had on their 53-man roster.
Two of college football's top quarterbacks were to meet Friday night when Southern Cal's Sam Darnold visits Washington State's Luke Falk in a Pac-12 matchup.
The Bills were one of 16 teams scheduled to be in attendance, according to nfl.com. Doug Majeski and Terrance Gray were the Bills scouts credentialed, The Buffalo News learned.
Darnold, a redshirt sophomore, has led the No. 5 Trojans to a 4-0 start. He is averaging 306.2 passing yards per game, completing 98 of 136 passes (67.1 percent) for nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Darnold remains the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick, should he declare for the draft. He'll face a good test in Washington State, which ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 in passing defense, allowing just 142.2 yards per game.
Falk, a senior, has gone 73 of 96 for 874 yards and 11 touchdowns since being benched against Boise State in the Cougars' second game of the season. Washington State is also 4-0 and ranked 16th in the country. Playing against inferior competition to this point, Falk has put up video game numbers: 130 of 169, 1,378 yards, 14 touchdowns and one interception.
Dareus was one of three Bills listed as full participants in Friday's practice. The others were running back LeSean McCoy (wrist) and defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (who is out of concussion protocol).
News sports reporter Jay Skurski contributed to this report.