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Combine Notebook: Injury updates on Zay Jones and Kelvin Benjamin

INDIANAPOLIS – Three key members of the Buffalo Bills have received positive medical reports as they recover from surgery.

Coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that left tackle Cordy Glenn and wide receivers Zay Jones and Kelvin Benjamin "look like they're on schedule" in their respective recoveries.

"I'm anxious to get those guys going," McDermott said.

Glenn had foot surgery to correct an injury that has plagued him for parts of the past two years, while Benjamin had a torn meniscus in his right knee repaired while Jones had a torn labrum in his shoulder repaired.

"To be honest with you, we didn't know about his shoulder," Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said. "He played through that. I'm sure that limited him ... but he did a great job. Zay is a pro's pro for a rookie. I was really impressed with how serious he takes the game. It's easy to talk it, he walked it. ... He did everything he could. He worked after practice. I'm really impressed with Zay and he has a bright future in this league."

Benjamin was hurt on the first series of his second game with the team. Although he returned to the lineup after missing two games, it was clear he wasn't the same player.

"I know what Kelvin can do when he's healthy," Beane said. "He's back to healthy now and hopefully this year he can stay injury free and I think everybody will see what his talents are."

Jones might not be ready to participate fully when the team begins spring practices, McDermott said, but the long-term outlook is bright.

"Typically, those go a little bit in terms of the timeline of them," McDermott said of his recovery. "He is on schedule. Just knowing how Zay's wired, he's already been back in, stopped in and is doing his rehab and doing it well, so I don't worry about him, but I would like to have a healthy Zay Jones sooner than later. It's just going to take some time to heal."


Given the connections McDermott and Beane have to Carolina, it's not surprising the Bills are mentioned as a possible landing spot for former Panthers. In the last few days, Carolina has released safety Kurt Coleman and running back Jonathan Stewart. Given the Bills' need for depth at those two positions, dots have been connected.

"I don't want to express whether there's interest or not, but those are both guys who I have a high respect for," Beane said. "I was a part of bringing those guys there. Kurt was a big player in our Super Bowl year. Every time you see a guy that you know that well, you definitely want to look into things, but it has to be the right fit on both sides. Again, you go back to money, fit, all those things. But nothing but respect for Jonathan and for Kurt."


Where do things stand with the NFL's investigation into Bills guard Richie Incognito after he was accused of making a racial slur directed at Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue? Even Beane would like to know.

"To be honest with you, I don't know," Beane said. "I got asked that at the Senior Bowl. I have not spoken to the league since a conversation that week after the Jacksonville game. I don't know if it's officially closed or what to be honest.

"At some point, we'd like some clarity there. I'm not privy to the timeline. To be honest with you, we've had so much going on, I haven't spent any time trying to chase the answer. At some point, we'd like to know this is officially resolved.


Regarding that Jacksonville game, Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell had some specific directions for his wife that week.

"I instructed my wife to turn off all social media and not to talk to anyone until after the game," Caldwell joked. "Family members were rooting for the Jags."

Caldwell grew up in West Seneca and is a graduate of St. Francis High School. He was happy to see the Bills broke their 17-year playoff drought.

"I've seen a bunch of the guys from Buffalo and I'm really happy for them to break that drought," he said. "Coach McDermott and Brandon are great for that organization and I think they're going to have a lot of those years ahead of them, too."

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