Bills OT Jennings questionable, nursing hip injury

Updated: November 6, 2003, 4:27 PM ET

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills starting left tackle Jonas Jennings missed his sixth straight practice because of a hip injury on Thursday, and could miss Buffalo's game at Dallas this Sunday.

The third-year offensive lineman hasn't practiced since sustaining a hip flexor while tackling Kansas City's Dexter McCleon during a fumble return in Buffalo's 38-5 loss to the Chiefs on Oct. 26.

Jennings said the bye week off has helped his recovery, but doubted he'll be able to practice Friday, Buffalo's final full session before the team travels to Dallas.

"I'm feeling a lot better but I can't make a miracle jump," Jennings said. "I'm just taking it one day at time."

The Bills list Jennings as questionable, meaning he has a 50-percent chance of playing.

Without him, Marcus Price would take over the starting job.

Price, a six-year veteran, has appeared in eight games in a backup role this season. He proved a capable starter last year when he filled in once for Jennings and twice for right tackle Mike Williams.

Running back Travis Henry has full confidence in Price's abilities.

"We're like undefeated when he starts so I don't think we'll skip a beat with him," Henry said, referring to the Bills going 3-0 in games Price started last season. "He's got the experience and knows what he's doing out there. It'll be no problem."

Jennings' injury could also provide Marques Sullivan his first opportunity to play this season. After starting 16 games at right guard for the Bills last season, Sullivan has been the odd-man out, a healthy inactive in all eight games this year.

Sullivan lost his starting job to Mike Pucillo during training camp, and the Bills have since attempted to convert Sullivan into a tackle, the position he played in college at Illinois.

"I'm looking forward to having an opportunity to getting some playing time and show I can still play," said Sullivan, Buffalo's fifth-round pick in the 2001 draft.

The lack of playing time has frustrated Sullivan, who's in the final year of a three-year contract and questioning whether he'll be back in Buffalo next season.

"I think I've got something to unleash on Sunday if I get an opportunity to get out there," Sullivan said. "I've been holding back for a long time. I'm just ready to explode."

Game notes
QB Drew Bledsoe spent the bye weekend vacationing with his wife Maura in the Bahamas. ... The Bills are 10-4 in games after their bye week, but have lost three of their last four. ... WR Bobby Shaw ranks sixth in the NFL with 16 third-down receptions and fifth with 179 yards.

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