Andy Levitre continued moving around the Buffalo Bills' huddle during practice Monday in what looks more like a competitive game of Musical Offensive Linemen than it does a stabilized front getting prepared for the regular season.
Levitre rotated between left guard and left tackle with the first team Monday, which left him playing for guard Chad Rinehart and Demetrius Bell for some snaps with the offense and alongside them on others. Around and around Levitre goes; where he stops on the offensive line, nobody knows.
"You would rather not look at those options at this time, but you have to," Bills coach Chan Gailey said after the two-hour workout at the Bills practice facility. "Sometimes, you don't get to do it exactly by the book. It's kind of like quarterback last year. You have to be smart and use all the things at your disposal."
The Bills' starting offensive line, their biggest weak spot and primary concern going into the season, struggled again Saturday in a preseason loss to the Broncos. Levitre has been shuffled around for the past several weeks after opening training camp as the starter. Bell's problems in Denver might have contributed to the latest move.
Levitre, in his third season, started all 16 games last season at guard. He played tackle at times during his career at Oregon State. He didn't know exactly where he stood on the depth chart after practice Monday. He was more concerned with getting comfortable so long as he remained on the field.
"Chan told me I would be playing a little tackle today, which I'm fine with," Levitre said. "It's just fine-tuning a few things. Getting the footwork down is a little different [at tackle] than it is at guard. As of right now, I'm told that I'm No. 1 at guard and rotating at tackle. If you want to know the definite answer, you'd have to ask Chan. They're the ones who make the rules."
The Bills had a lengthy list of players who were held out of practice with injuries. Receiver Donald Jones and running back Johnny White, both of whom left the game Saturday with apparent head injuries, attended practice but did not participate.
Receiver Naaman Roosevelt, the former University at Buffalo star, will be sidelined for the next two weeks with a sprained ankle. Outside linebacker Chris Kelsay underwent a minor procedure and will miss the next two or three days.
None of the injuries were believed to be serious. Also missing practice were cornerback Terrence McGee, linebackers Arthur Moats and Reggie Torbor, defensive tackle Kellen Heard, and tight ends Scott Chandler and Shawn Nelson.
Linebacker Shawne Merriman, who missed the game Saturday, returned to practice for limited duty Monday.
Buffalo was among several teams that sent scouts to see former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor work out last week, but apparently it wasn't impressed enough to make a strong pitch for him in the NFL supplemental draft.
The Bills had a fourth-round pick after trading Lee Evans to Baltimore. Gailey would not say whether General Manager Buddy Nix used that pick to place a bid on Pryor, who ended up being selected in the third round by Oakland. The Raiders will lose their third-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
"We talked about it, just like we talk about every guy," Gailey said. "Buddy and I talked about it, and we felt like it was in our best interest not to pull the trigger too high of a level."
Pryor is a gifted athlete at 6-foot-5, 232 pounds. He impressed scouts during his Pro Day workout last week when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds, but many questioned his potential to become a quality NFL passer and his conduct away from the field.
The NCAA suspended Pryor for selling memorabilia when he played for Ohio State. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ruled that he could not play in the first five games this season. It didn't stop the Raiders from placing the highest bid on him.