Practice for the Bills this week has been a bit of a revolving door with respect to their injury list. For the most part players have been returning to the field. Nickell Robey-Coleman was the latest example Tuesday. The nickel corner returned from a knee injury suffered last week at training camp.
"It felt so good moving around," Robey-Coleman told Buffalobills.com. "I was testing my knee out see how it was moving and seeing how it felt when I would plant coming down. But the trainers wanted to see how it was doing with somebody in front of me. So I did that today with the DBs a little bit. Everything went perfectly fine. I felt so much better. At first it was a little swollen, but now I'm back to the old Robey."
Robey-Coleman appeared to be moving well as he did not hesitate to plant, twist or drive off his left leg. He told Buffalobills.com that he will not play in Thursday's preseason game at Detroit. In fact he won't even travel as he will focus on getting treatment for his knee to make sure he's back to 100 percent before the season opener.
"That is the main goal to come back healthy," he said. "Come back healthy and be ready for the season and be ready to win. Looking at the bigger picture that is what it is all about is just being a team and come out there and giving your teammates everything they are giving you."
While the fourth-year cornerback returned to practice, two other players who had recently returned were not in attendance. Marquise Goodwin and Aaron Williams, two players still in the concussion protocol, were absent Tuesday.
Goodwin and Williams had just returned to practice this week though both were non-contact players as part of the protocol. Mike Gillislee, a third player in concussion protocol was participating again Tuesday.
Henderson's absence not injury relatedSeantrel Henderson was not participating in practice for a second straight day Tuesday. Head coach Rex Ryan provided an update.
"Well there's nothing to really report on that," said Ryan. "His thing, there's no injury so it's a medical."
No word on whether the medical issue is related to the condition he's been working through and monitoring over the past eight months.
Taking his place in the lineup at second string right tackle was undrafted rookie OT Marquis Lucas.
Another punt return candidateFor the most part in training camp the top two punt returners have been Reggie Bush and Walt Powell. Over the last week Greg Salas has returned to the mix. Out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury, Salas has been back on the practice field over the past week and is getting reps on punt return.
"He's a guy that we know darn well can catch it," said Rex Ryan. "If he doesn't have the best hands on the team, he's right there with them."
With Bush fully expected to be the primary return man, Salas appears to be a reserve option for punt return depending on whether Powell makes the final roster.