The chances of Thad Lewis being under center when the Buffalo Bills take on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs Sunday afternoon took a significant hit when it was reported Lewis still couldn’t practice, obviously a lingering effect his rib injury and quite possibly a case of the flu that was reported Wednesday.
If Lewis can’t go it will be either Jeff Tuel or Matt Flynn getting the start in his place Sunday. Both received reps with the first team at practice Wednesday and Thursday with Doug Marrone said that anything can happen when it comes to who starts.
Marrone said following Thursday practice that Lewis is still 50/50 to play on Sunday, which is exactly what he said yesterday. Marrone wouldn’t tip his hand as to who’ll start if he can’t play.
Fred Jackson, Kyle Williams and Stevie Johnson all returned to practice for the Bills on Thursday, while C.J. Spiller was on the field during individual drills. Johnson is trying to fight through a hip flexor injury while Jackson is has been dealing with a sprained MCL in his knee over the past few weeks.
Marrone said following practice today that barring a setback Spiller should be able to play Sunday.
Wide receiver Chris Hogan did not practice due to a back injury suffered at practice Wednesday, but Marrone said he shoudl be fine. Defensive back Brandon Smith was not on the field until close to the end of practice because he felt ill.