Monday, November 25, 2013

Rehabbed wideouts get Bills back 'at full strength'


Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said Monday that his team has come out of its bye week "at full strength."

You can bet much of that has to do with the wide receiver corps.

The Bills' top-two wideouts -- veteran Stevie Johnson and rookie Robert Woods -- returned to the practice field after missing recent game time. Johnson sat out Buffalo's last contest with a groin ailment, and Woods missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

"They did everything so I was happy with those two guys, the way they came out," Marrone said Monday, via "I think a lot of you guys saw routes versus air and they looked good, they looked fresh."

Buffalo was able to manage a win, with relative easy, over the New York Jets prior to the bye despite missing its leading receivers. Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, however, is undoubtedly relieved to have them back.

Johnson told reporters he was just "happy to be out there" and that he gave a little extra in testing the groin, which he's had problems with in the past.

". . . kind of thinking ahead a little bit when it comes to this injury," Johnson said. "We’ve got five more game in the regular season, so I came out there and went a little bit harder than I was supposed to, but I was cool coming out. I’m cool with it."

The Bills "host" the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in Toronto.

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