Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay was unable to practice Friday due to a sore neck, meaning Kyle Moore might have to make his first career start Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Kelsay left Thursday’s practice with the neck injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday. The Bills already are without starting right defensive end Mark Anderson, who has a knee injury.
“It’s not major but I don’t know if he can get ready for this week,” coach Chan Gailey said of Kelsay’s injury. “We’ve got to wait and see how the treatment goes.”
Moore played 28 snaps in last Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans and recorded his first sack.
“He’s gotten better,” Gailey said. “He’s got some work to do in playing the run, but he’s done a pretty good job pass rushing when he’s been in there. He’s going to have to muscle up this week because [the Patriots] are going to want to run the football.”
Shawne Merriman played only eight snaps in Houston. Gailey indicated Merriman would be in a rotation against the Patriots.
“He just got hit in practice,” Gailey said. “We’re doing treatment on him so you’ve got to put him on the list. He was OK and did most things in practice today.”
Receiver Stevie Johnson (thigh), guard Kraig Urbik (foot) and defensive tackle Spencer Johnson (ankle) both did most of the work in practice. They’re questionable.
Second-year safety Da’Norris Searcy got 20 snaps in last week’s game at Houston in relief of starter George Wilson, who played 44 snaps.
Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt said the 5-foot-11, 216-pound Searcy has earned some playing time and will continue to spell Wilson depending on the situation.
“We’re gonna keep playing him,” Wannstedt said. “George has done a great job. George is one of our captains. No one thinks more of George Wilson than I do. But Da’Norris Searcy is a young guy who’s got a lot of talent, and he can help us win games. He’s gonna play. Last week we played him 20, 25 plays, and that’s kind of how we see the thing unfolding.”
The Bills switched reserve safeties Friday afternoon. Mana Silva was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, and Delano Howell was released. Silva was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 2. He was released by Dallas on Sept. 27. He’s a 6-foot, 206-pound Hawaii product who was signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent last year.