Quick Hits: Dareus and Glenn both sidelined for practice

Posted Sep 20, 2017

Marcell Dareus and Cordy Glenn both came out of last Sunday's game with ankle injuries and both will be sidelined for practice Wednesday.

Dareus and Glenn both sidelined for practice
He suffered an ankle injury in last Sunday’s game after he got rolled up from behind at the tail end of a run play. Now there’s concern that Marcell Dareus might not be fit to suit up Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

“I am concerned, but it’s day-to-day at this point. He’s got an ankle (injury) right now,” said McDermott of Dareus. “He’s not going to practice today and we’ll know a little bit more going forward. But we have to make sure we have a contingency plan in place.”

That’s why the Bills signed DT DeAndre Coleman Wednesday with one of their two vacant roster spots available following the release of S Trae Elston and LB Jelani Jenkins Tuesday. Coleman at 6-5 and 341 pounds is a space eater at defensive tackle.

Meanwhile the problems continue for Cordy Glenn and his feet. After dealing with a long ankle rehabilitation in the offseason, the left tackle’s left foot became a problem in training camp. He was able to get healthy enough to play in the team’s first two games of the regular season.

Just before halftime last Sunday however, Glenn got hit on his right ankle and had to leave the game.

“He will not practice,” said McDermott of Glenn on Wednesday. “What he’s got going on right now is it’s his other foot that he took a hit on during the game and obviously came out, so he will not practice.”

Glenn was replaced in the lineup last week by rookie Dion Dawkins, who logged almost 70 percent of the reps at Carolina. The task would be much more daunting this week if he is thrust into the starting lineup in perennial All-Pro Von Miller on Sunday.

Lawson much improved
Shaq Lawson finished the game last week, but sustained a nerve contusion in his leg. On Monday he was still being evaluated. Now on Wednesday, things are looking significantly better for the Bills defensive end.

“He will not practice today either, but we’re confident at this point that he’s on a day-to-day basis,” said McDermott. “The progress that he made from the weekend up until yesterday has been significant so we’re encouraged by that.”

It sounds like the athletic training staff and medical staff just want to give the injury one more day to recover so he’s full go in practice the rest of the week.

Secondary meshing well early
As dominant as Buffalo’s run defense has been their pass defense has been every bit as good. The Bills brand new secondary ranks eighth in the league against the pass, which is an impressive figure knowing that Buffalo’s first two opponents couldn’t run the ball very well.

With all their primary players in the defensive backfield having no prior playing experience with one another, head coach Sean McDermott is pleased with the results.

“It’s been very impressive. I’m very encouraged by that,” he said. “We’ve got Tre’ (White) out there and five guys who have never played together, if you count Leonard (Johnson) in our nickel package. That communication and continuity is important for us moving forward.

Jordan Poyer has turned in big plays as he leads the team in pass breakups and has an interception and two sacks. Micah Hyde has an interception, and the secondary has not given up a touchdown pass in two games.

“We haven’t been perfect,” McDermott cautioned. “We’ve had some things show up that need to get corrected as we move forward, but at this point, very encouraged by what they’ve been able to do in a short amount of time. How the defense has been able to come together part to whole if you will.”