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Merriman, Flo to get fewer reps

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2011 – 1:23 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey said a few days ago that some players might play a little less than the rest of their teammates on the first or second unit depending on their situation. A couple of Bills vets will fall into that category for the preseason opener tonight.

Buffalobills.com has learned that Shawne Merriman and Drayton Florence will get a bit less playing time than the rest of the starting defense against the Bears. Gailey had hinted earlier in the week that Merriman’s workload would be a bit less since his layoff from live football was longer than most.

Merriman is expected to get about 10 plays. Drayton Florence, who returned on Wednesday from an ankle injury sooner than expected, will also be given a lighter workload so as not to overdo it and risk re-aggravating the injury.

The rest of the starting unit is expected to get 15 plays, so the difference won’t be dramatic.


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