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NFL Team Report - Buffalo Bills - INSIDE SLANT

Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Cordy Glenn still has a long way to go before he is ready for the start of the 2014 season, but he cleared a sizable obstacle Saturday when he passed his medical exam and was cleared to practice for the first time since the Bills training camp began July 20.

Glenn was sidelined by a medical condition which he has refused to divulge, saying only that it was something "personal." He was present at most of the practices, but never in uniform and did only light conditioning drills, usually on the field that wasn't being used by the full team.

Saturday, during the Bills no-pads workout following their 20-18 victory over Carolina Friday night, Glenn participated in individual drills only, and coach Doug Marrone said he's not sure when Glenn will be able to go full tilt.

"We're going to take it real slow," Marrone said. "It's very difficult for me to comment because I don't know what I can and can't say about it. Cordy's a very good football player, and we're going to take it very slowly. I'm talking slow."

Glenn, who doesn't say much to the media, predictably shed little light on his situation, but he did indicate that he was happy to be off the non-football illness list and able to get back to some semblance of work.

"Yeah, it was frustrating not being out here with the fellas and working every day with them, but I'm back now and I'm just trying to knock off the rust," said Glenn.

The Bills are traveling to Latrobe, Pa. at mid-week to conduct two days of combined practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers in advance of their preseason game Saturday at Heinz Field, but it seems unlikely that Glenn will have much of a role, at least in the 11-on-11 portions.

"I'm not sure," Glenn said. "Right now we're just going day to day and trying to get a little better every day and see how it goes. Anytime you take a couple weeks off you're going to get a little rusty, but I'm not worried about right now."

The Bills need Glenn to get back into the groove because he's a key member of the offensive line. Last year, according to ProFootballFocus.com, Glenn allowed only two sacks, and was flagged for only six penalties while playing 1,180 snaps. On an offensive line where he and center Eric Wood are the only two rock solid players, Glenn's health is a major concern.

The Bills have worked rookie seventh-round draft pick Seantrel Henderson at left tackle in Glenn's absence, and while Henderson has loads of potential - "Seantrel can play left tackle in this league," Marrone said - he remains raw and needs lots of work. Chris Hairston has also taken reps out there, but Glenn is by far the best player.

With Glenn out, the Bills experimented up front, trying to find the right five-man combination.

"We'll see how he comes back the first couple days, and then we'll see how he responds because I really don't know," said Marrone. "We've got Seantrel ready (to play left tackle), Chris Hairston has played, so if Cordy comes back and he's in form, then we'll see what the best combination of five is. We haven't solidified that yet."

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NFL Team Report - Buffalo Bills - NOTES, QUOTES

--The unusual career of running back Bryce Brown continues to fascinate as he now is making a strong bid for playing time in a crowded Buffalo Bills backfield that includes C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, and Anthony Dixon.

For the second game in a row, Brown was the Bills leading rusher. In the Hall of Fame game against the Giants he gained 40 yards on seven carries, and against the Carolina Panthers on Friday he had 64 yards on 11 attempts, including four runs of 11 yards or more.

"In my mind, Bryce Brown is a very talented running back who has the potential to start in the NFL," coach Doug Marrone said after the Carolina game. "When he's in the game, I think he's one of the better players on the field, so his production is not surprising to any of us."