Inside The Bills

Marrone on Stevie’s status

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2013 – 10:05 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said he was going to speak with Stevie Johnson late Thursday to check in with his wide receiver, who is traveling back from the west coast after attending a family funeral. Even though he did touch base with his top wideout, there’s a lot of information that still has to be gathered when he sits down with Johnson upon his arrival back in Buffalo concerning his status for Sunday’s game.

Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning, Marrone explained what he still needs to get from Johnson to make a better assessment about his availability for Sunday.

“I spoke to him yesterday. He’s coming in today,” said Marrone. “I really don’t know until the trainers look at him and see how he’s feeling. It’s a long flight. After we talk to him it can either be yes he’s playing or we might have to wait and make it a game time decision. But I’m not really sure right now. I really think it’s still day to day.”

Marrone explained that he has to make sure that Johnson is right physically coming off the lower back injury from last week’s game and right mentally after losing a close family member this week.

“For me there are two situations,” Marrone said. “One is obviously the injury, which hasn’t been able to be treated as well as it would be if he was here. He’s traveling a long distance to the west coast. Then the mental part of it where it’s really tough on him. It’s someone he was very close with and there’s family involved so mentally you have to see where he is at also.”

Johnson’s official status for Sunday’s game will be provided this afternoon.

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