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Monday, August 11, 2014

Bills Injury Update: Cordy Glenn not close to return

By on 8/11/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Buffalo Bills starting left tackle Cordy Glenn passed his physical on Saturday, which generally means he will take the field during training camp and preseason games. Yet according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, it could be a "long time" before Glenn plays. Glenn, who has been sidelined since June minicamp with an undisclosed condition.

Glenn was a question mark at the outset of training camp, placed on the Non-Football Illness list just days before the players had to report to St. John Fisher. No timetable was given as to when or if Glenn would be back on the practice field.
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The 24 year-old offensive tackle’s medical condition that landed him on the non-football illness list was never disclosed. He had been working on the side with the strength and conditioning staff all through camp going through a myriad of drills and other training to maintain his stamina and strength so when he returned to the practice field he wouldn’t be playing catch up.

Glenn has missed the first three weeks of training camp, but there is still time before the season opener on September 7th. That should be more than enough time for Glenn to prepare himself for his third NFL season.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone, who continues to refuse to specify the reason for Glenn’s absence, told reporters on Saturday that the team will take it slow with the starting left tackle:
We're going to take it very, very slowly to see how he comes back in the first couple days. We will just do a little bit on the side and a little bit individual. You won't see him participating in any team [drills] for a while. Then we'll see how he responds because I really don't know. If Cordy comes back and he's at form, then we'll see what the best combination of five [offensive linemen] is. Cordy's not back yet and that may be a long time.
Glenn himself did not reveal the medical condition that kept him out of practice and the first two preseason games, calling it a personal situation:
Anytime you take a couple weeks off, you're going to be a little rusty, but I'm really not worried about it right now. I'm just trying to come back, help out the team and get a little better everyday at everything
Glenn's medical clearance returns a valuable piece to Buffalo’s offensive line. He’s coming off his most successful season where he surrendered just a pair of sacks and committed only six penalties on 1,180 snaps in 2013.

It’s not clear how long the staff will want to see him in the practice setting or how extensive his workload will be initially. How soon before he’s deemed fit to play in a preseason game is also unclear.

What is clear is that Glenn is back at training camp and his mere presence has given the Bills the one thing that is perhaps most important in football. He has given them hope.

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