Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gilmore expected to play one-handed Sunday


The Buffalo Bills are expected to get back their top cover man Sunday when they host the Cincinnati Bengals, but it will come at a price.

The price of a hand.

According to Chris Brown of, cornerback Stephon Gilmore's left hand, which has kept the second-year defensive back off the field for the first five games of the regular season, will be heavily wrapped into a club this weekend, making his fingers unavailable for use.

At this point, the Bills will take whatever they can get. Justin Rogers, who has been getting starting work in Gilmore's absence, has been abused on a regular basis.

Rogers was beat for five touchdowns in a three-game span this year, including a contest in which he surrendered an incredible 247 yards to Geno Smith and the New York Jets, according to ProFootballFocus.

Buffalo has apparently been giving Gilmore as much work as he can handle in practice this week, and coach Doug Marrone has been optimistic about his No. 1 corner's recovery.

". . . we list him as limited and get him in and out, but he’s great,” Marrone said Thursday. “He’s good.”

We won't know in what capacity Gilmore will be used until the Bills take the field, but Buffalo will have its hands full (pun) with A.J. Green & Co.

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