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Bills WR Kolby Listenbee still experiencing pain as earliest possible return date nears

Bills rookie receiver Kolby Listenbee will be eligible to practice Monday after spending six weeks on the reserve/non-football injury list, but the speedster says he's still experiencing pain in his midsection after having a double hernia surgery in March.

"I'm progressing everyday. I still have some pain but I'm getting better," said Listenbee, who ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine before getting the injury fixed. "My training's been helping me out. I've been running, getting conditioned, lifting weights. If it's God's will, I can play next week, but we're just taking it day by day."

In discussing his injured players this week, Bills coach Rex Ryan said Shaq Lawson should be ready to participate Monday when he can come off the physically unable to perform list, but said "I don’t have the confidence with [Listenbee] as I do with Shaq."

Listenbee said he's still experiencing pain during a number of route-running activities.

"Whenever I break down, cut, breaking out to an out route or something like that, or sinking down," he said. "Even though I run for a long time, it's still hurting. But it's getting better for sure."

Listenbee was a sixth-round draft pick out of TCU, where he was also a sprinter on the track team. He was able to push through the injury during the combine but said he won't be able to tell if his speed is truly back until he gets to go up against a defender in practice.

"I can't really tell until I put somebody in front of me – put me on a 'go' route and see if I can run past them," he said. "Right now I can think that I'm fast, but I don't know until I go out there and test it."

 

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