Injuries might force cornerbacks to sit

Updated: June 5, 2009, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Injuries could force Bills starting cornerbacks Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin to miss the remainder of the team's spring minicamp practices.

Though both have begun taking part in individual drills, coach Dick Jauron said Friday he's not sure whether either will be cleared for full practice for the Bills' final four sessions next week. "I would say maybe," Jauron said, noting he won't rush the two back.

After holding a final voluntary practice on Monday, the Bills are scheduled to have three mandatory minicamp sessions next week. The team then will be off until July 24, when players are to report for the start of training camp in Rochester.

McGee has been out since hurting his right shoulder on May 27. McKelvin also has been out since May 27 because of an infection to his middle right finger.

McKelvin, Buffalo's first-round draft pick last year, is expected to take over the starting job in place of Jabari Greer, who signed with New Orleans in free agency.

Reserve cornerback Ashton Youboty, who's coming off a season-ending foot injury, could be cleared for contact next week, Jauron said.

Numerous regulars -- including receivers Terrell Owens, Josh Reed and Roscoe Parrish -- were absent from the voluntary practice on Friday.

Rookie tight end Shawn Nelson, the Bills fourth-round draft pick, has missed the entire week because of what Jauron called a personal matter. Nelson is expected to return next week.

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