Quarterback apparently will not be the only position where the Bills will see a lineup change this coming Sunday against the Bengals. In their return from a weekend off Buffalo's offensive staff has decided to also make a change at left guard.
Head coach Doug Marrone decided that Doug Legursky will rotate into the starting lineup with Colin Brown, who started each of the first five games this season. The two will platoon together at the position.
"We do need to improve our play there," said Marrone. "Doug has come back from an injury. He's back and that's going to be an open competition. Both of those players will play at left guard against Cincinnati. How we're going to do it, we still haven't finalized that plan whether it's quarters or series whatever it may be. That we're going to work out during the week with the players for the best situation for all of us."
Brown has struggled in pass protection at times this season giving up two sacks, six quarterback hits and 16 quarterback hurries according to ProFootballFocus.com.
A five-year veteran, Legursky has played mainly center in his career, but has experience at guard. He played left guard in two games last season for Pittsburgh along with another appearance at right guard.
"I think they're going to get us some reps with the ones, and see where we go for the game," said Legursky. "I'm a versatile type player. I can go in multiple positions if need be. If I do get some reps on game day, I'm excited about that. I'm excited to finally hit a different color jersey after a while. I'm excited to go in there and get the run game going and get the passing game going."
Legursky was unavailable for the first four games this season after suffering a sprained MCL in the preseason finale against Detroit. He was active for last Thursday night's game at Cleveland, but did not play.
Ideally Marrone sounds as if he'd like to have a singular starter at the position, but at this point he's just looking for consistent play whether it takes two players or one.
"I want that position to play better now," he said. "If two guys playing that position gives us better production that might be the way we go. I don't have a problem with that. If one guy clearly separates themselves while they're playing, we'll be able to see that, I don't have a problem playing one. That's a position where we obviously need to get more production."