Merriman missed practice Wednesday due to his nagging shoulder ailment, but practiced Thursday. Unfortunately his old Achilles injury cropped up on him.
"(It) just flared up," said Merriman. "It’s one of those things we kinda knew before the season that it was going to happen at some point in time. Just have to to kind of take control of it and find out where to go from here. I’m not 100 percent (sure) what’s going to happen just yet. We haven’t talked about it. Nothing serious fortunately, just something I have to maintain and take care of."
“All along it had been his shoulder and all of a sudden that thing started acting up yesterday," said Merriman. "He’s doubtful. I don’t know if he’s going to make it or not.”
The veteran pass rusher was brought along very methodically through the training camp setting and his snaps were closely monitored in the preseason as he appeared only in the preseason opener and preseason finale heading into the regular season. Having such a long layoff from the week to week grind of regular season football the Bills chose to err on the side of caution to reduce the risk of re-injury as Merriman had dealt with calf and Achilles problems each of the past two years.
With the Achilles resurfacing as an issue it’s certainly not viewed as a positive development. At this point Gailey isn’t ready to label it a long term problem.
“I don’t know yet,” Gailey said. “We’ve got the bye week after this and we’ll see what happens.”
Williams, Barnett questionable
On Thursday Gailey said that DT
“He’s questionable,” said Gailey. “He came out and tried to do a few things today. We’re going to take him out Sunday (pre-game) and see what he can do and make a decision, but he was very limited.”
The good news is
“I think we’ll have him,” said Gailey. “We’re still listing him as probable, but I think he’s going to be able to play.”
Meanwhile starting inside linebacker
“He’s questionable, but I think he’ll make it,” said Gailey. “He didn’t take all his normal reps, but he was out there for the whole practice.”