Monday, August 26, 2013
UPDATE: Stephon Gilmore's injury status
By Brent Sobleski
UPDATE: Stephon Gilmore may not be out as long as his initial prognosis indicated. Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone expects the team's top cornerback to be on the field sooner than the original eight-week timetable.
"Marrone on Gilmore & why no short-term IR: 'We believe he'll be back sooner than 8 weeks.' Don't want to miss game action if he's healthy," the Bills' official site tweeted.
Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore left Saturday's preseason contest against the Washington Redskins with an injured hand. Gilmore will reportedly be out of the lineup for an extended period of time due to the injury.
"Stephon Gilmore, the 10th overall pick in last year's NFL Draft, will undergo a procedure on his hand that will keep him out about eight weeks," a source told Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports.
The timetable given for Gilmore's return would place him in the lineup Oct. 20 against the Miami Dolphins or the following week against the New Orleans Saints.
The Bills may consider placing Gilmore on the injured reserved designated to return this season. It would allow the team to keep an open roster spot and still fall in line with Gilmore's expected return date.
Third-year veteran Justin Rogers replaced Gilmore during the Redskins' game. He should have the upper hand to start. Ron Brooks and Crezdon Butler will also be in the mix to fill the void left by Gilmore.