Quick Hits: Lawson looking good, Glenn a wait and see

Posted Sep 22, 2017

There are three starters whose status must still be decided for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Lawson looking good, Glenn a wait and see
Two players whose status was up in the air this week are both on the mend. Both Shaq Lawson and Cordy Glenn returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday. Head coach Sean McDermott feels good about how far Lawson has come in his return from a nerve contusion in his foot suffered last Sunday.

“We feel good about Shaq,” he said. “It seems like every day he gets a little bit better. We’ll know a little bit more today.”

Lawson also expressed confidence this week that he’d be able to play against Denver on Sunday.

Glenn’s status seems a bit more questionable. After seeing some time on the practice field Thursday, Glenn was held out of practice Friday. That's not an encouraging sign after getting work on his ailing ankle the day prior. It sounds like the offensive staff wants to move into the early stages of the weeknd before determining what their starting left tackle will be able to give them on Sunday.

“Cordy I’m not as confident about as Shaq in light of the progress that Shaq has made,” said McDermott. “So, with Cordy we’re going to evaluate and see how it continues to improve throughout the weekend.”

Even if Glenn can suit up and start on Sunday, he’s missed so much time on the field over the last few months that his conditioning is still not where it needs to be to get through a whole game. McDermott confirmed that if Glenn can play that he’ll be on a snap count.

“He will,” he said. “How could he not be at this point? He’s missed a lot of time. So, continuing to get him acclimated is the right thing to do.”

Dareus misses a third day of practice
Marcell Dareus’ ankle injury is going to keep him sidelined for a third straight practice this week. His availability for Sunday’s game is not looking good, but McDermott is not ready to rule him out at this point.

“He’s still day to day right now. He’s not going to practice, but we’re still looking at that for the game,” McDermott said.

Dareus’ uncertain status is a big reason why Buffalo signed DT DeAndre Coleman back to the roster, so their rotational system on the defensive line can still function as normal with four defensive tackles.

“DeAndre is a good, steady player for us who is going to do his job and is very dependable,” said McDermott. “When you add that to Kyle who is there along with Cedric Thornton, Adolphus Washington we’ve got guys we can roll in there.

“Marcell is a good player. If he doesn’t play we’ll certainly miss him, but we have confidence in the guys who are behind him and around him at the position.”

Criticism of passing game not on receivers’ radar
After an unproductive performance last Sunday at Carolina, Buffalo’s receiving corps along with QB Tyrod Taylor have been the subject of criticism by fans and outside observers. But when asked if he believes that the criticism is bothering his receivers, McDermott didn’t think it had.

“I don’t sense that,” he said. I sense that our team embraces some of the underdog role and that’s good. There’s a lot of power in that.

“I would say that we focus a lot on what goes on in this building, not outside of this building. Right now, that focus is on ourselves and the Denver Broncos and trying to get to 2-1.”