Merriman hurts leg in first practice with Bills

It was a memorable first practice for new Bills LB Shawne Merriman, but not in a good way.

Coach Chan Gailey said Wednesday that Merriman strained his lower right leg and that it’s not “anything major,” but declined to offer any specifics. Gailey did say the injury makes it less likely Merriman will make his Bills debut Sunday against Detroit.

“Yeah, it hurts him. His chances (to play) go down tremendously,” Gailey said. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Merriman was hurt during an individual drill about 10 minutes into practice. He was dropping back and then pivoting to his left when he pulled up and began hopping on one leg.

Gailey was disappointed but not entirely surprised that Merriman might have been stiff in practice, given that he’s not practiced for nearly a month.

“What happens is everyone gets their expectations so high, but you’ve got to realize he hasn’t played a lot of football,” Gailey said. “He hasn’t had pads on in a while, all that kind of stuff. You want him out there, but he’s not ready. We’re not going to put him out there until he’s ready. That’s the number one thing.”

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