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Bills Notebook: QB Tyrod Taylor to start Sunday; LT Cordy Glenn on IR

Tyrod Taylor is ready to return to the Buffalo Bills' starting lineup.

Coach Sean McDermott made that announcement Friday morning ahead of Sunday's must-win game against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field, saying Taylor has done everything in practice the team needed to see.

"Tyrod is in a situation where he is good to go and will start Sunday against the Dolphins for us," McDermott said.

Taylor missed the Bills' Week 14 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts because of a knee injury suffered against the New England Patriots on Dec. 3. He has been a full participant at every practice this week.

Taylor's backup, rookie Nathan Peterman, remains in the NFL's concussion protocol after being hurt against the Colts and was ruled out for the game. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and fully on Thursday and Friday, but as of Friday morning had not yet passed all of the league's testing to be removed from the protocol. That means Joe Webb will be Taylor's backup against the Dolphins.

"I don’t want to put a timetable on it moving forward, so we’ll see," McDermott said of Peterman. "Anything could happen."


Left tackle Cordy Glenn will be placed on injured reserve, McDermott announced. Glenn has played just five games this season because of nagging injuries to his left foot and right ankle.

"It was somewhat of a frustrating year overall," McDermott said. "We realize his talent."

McDermott said Glenn is scheduled to have surgery in the "near future" with Robert Anderson, one of the nation's preeminent foot and ankle doctors.

"The whole goal is to get Cordy into a place where he’s ready to go for the offseason program, and can have a productive offseason, put this behind him and move forward," McDermott said.

Glenn is under contract for three more seasons and is due to count $14.45 million against the team's salary cap in 2018 — the highest figure on the team if Taylor is not retained. McDermott wouldn't comment on Glenn's future with the team moving forward, saying, "right now we're focused on the Dolphins."

Glenn practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday before the team shut him down for the season Friday.

"We thought we could get him back and we were moving in that direction a couple different times," the coach said. "He was back and played well and then, you know, as we get into the last quarter of the season, we just felt like it was right thing to do for him and then moving forward for our team. He’s a good football player, and to get him ready to go for that offseason program, similar to some of the other players we’ve done that with. 'Hey, let’s have a strong offseason, get ready to go and be ready to go come the start of the offseason program.' "

Rookie Dion Dawkins has started in Glenn's place.

"He’s done a phenomenal job, I think, for a young player at that position," McDermott said. "He’s only going to get better. So we’re going to play him where he is most comfortable and at a position of strength. But every year is different. Every situation is different. We’re going to try and get our best five on the field at all times."

The Bills did not immediately announce a roster move to fill Glenn's spot.

General Manager Brandon Beane "and his staff are continuously looking at things, that being one of them this morning," McDermott said.


McDermott ruled guard John Miller out for Sunday's game. Miller practiced Wednesday, but he had a setback with the ankle injury that has been bothering him the last few weeks.

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin practiced on a limited basis for the third straight day and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

"Feel good about it," McDermott said. "He’s day-to-day. And we’ll just continue to monitor it moving forward."

Running back LeSean McCoy was given a rest day and missed Friday's practice, but is not listed on the team's final injury report.

Tight end Charles Clay (knee), offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (back), wide receiver Andre Holmes (neck), cornerback Leonard Johnson (knee) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (groin) all practiced fully Friday and are not listed on the final injury report, meaning they are are good to play against Miami.


The Dolphins could be without several significant players based on the injury report.  Guard Jermon Bushrod had already been ruled out wit a foot injury. Running back Damien Williams is listed as doubtful with a shoulder injury. Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley (ankle/shoulder), safety Michael Thomas (knee) and backup quarterback Matt Moore (foot) are listed as doubtful.

Defensive end Cameron Wake has not practiced all week, but his absence was not injury related and he is expected to play. Center Mike Pouncey, who did not practice Wednesday and Thursday with a hip issue, returned to practice Friday and is not on the injury report. Pouncey told Miami reporters that he was taking time off from practice because of the short week after the Monday night game.

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