Asking Marcell Dareus if he’s going to play in an upcoming Bills game is starting to feel like shaking a Magic 8 Ball.
Outlook not so good. Cannot predict right now. Ask again later.
Monday’s answer: “We’ll see,” the defensive tackle said. "We'll see."
Dareus has missed eight of Buffalo’s nine games this season and didn’t take part in Monday’s practice, the Bills’ first team activity after the bye week, though he was spotted doing agility some work in the fieldhouse.
Dareus’ most recent ailment is a groin injury, which he picked up late in the Patriots game on Oct. 30. He missed the first four games of the season due to suspension, the next three with a hamstring injury, played against the Patriots and then missed the Seahawks game with the groin injury.
“Marcell is progressing nicely,” coach Rex Ryan said before practice. “… Our trainers seem to be pleased with him, how he’s progressing.”
Dareus said his activity Monday consisted of “just getting the engine going, keeping it warm.”
“It felt pretty good,” he added. “Just trying to work out the kinks. I don’t want to go out there and hurt myself worse and then be out for the season. So it’s trying to maintain and then be ready to go.”
Ryan said Dareus’ participation in Wednesday’s practice would be a better indicator of his availability for Sunday. With defensive tackle Corbin Bryant also out injured against Seattle, Leger Douzable got his 12th career start.
Dareus was also asked how he spent his bye week.
“Just sat around (in Buffalo), got treatment, stayed here at the facility,” he said. “Worked with our guys hand-in-hand just to be as healthy as possible when we get back.”
Receiver Brandon Tate also missed Monday’s practice as he recovers from a concussion. Neither linebacker Zach Brown nor receiver Percy Harvin was spotted on the field during the portion of practice that was open to media. The Bills aren’t required to submit an injury report until Wednesday.
Ryan Groy seemed to be taking more reps at center than Patrick Lewis Monday as the two players compete to replace Eric Wood. Ryan also implied other starting jobs, perhaps at right tackle and cornerback, could be up for grabs this week.
Starter Jordan Mills appeared to take the bulk of reps at right tackle, though Ryan repeatedly mentioned Monday that he was impressed with Seantrel Henderson’s week of practice before the bye. Corey White took extra reps at cornerback in place of Ronald Darby, who admitted he was effectively benched in the Seattle game.
Robert Blanton started at safety against Seattle, but the spot opposite Corey Graham could be open as well.
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