Buffalo Bills defensive end Shawne Merriman is feeling more comfortable by the day.
Merriman is coming off a season high of 22 snaps in Buffalo’ 19-14 win over Miami in Week 11, a performance that impressed coach Chan Gailey.
“He played the best he’s played since he’s been here in the ball game [last week],” Gailey said. “Hopefully he can build on that and the more he plays, the more it helps our football team. So it’s good to have another guy that can go in there. Probably his confidence level has taken a notch up a little bit. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with him as the next few weeks unfold.”
Against the Dolphins, Merriman had his first sack since rejoining the Bills prior to their Week Seven game against Tennessee.
“I thought I was already anxious enough. That’s what makes you more anxious,” Merriman said of seeing some positive results. “I have to keep building off of that. I feel like I’m all the way back [physically], but I’ve just got to go out and keep making plays.”
The Bills should get Chris Kelsay back from a neck injury Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. He and Merriman will spell starters Mario Williams and Kyle Moore at defensive end.
Fullback Corey McIntyre (knee), receiver Brad Smith (hamstring) and defensive tackle Spencer Johnson (ankle) are listed as questionable, but Gailey sounded optimistic all three will be able to play Sunday. Gailey officially ruled out defensive end Mark Anderson (knee) and cornerback Aaron Williams (knee).
The Bills list 16 players as probable:
CB Ron Brooks (dental surgery), DT Kyle Williams (ankle), S Da’Norris Searcy (hand), RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder), RB Fred Jackson (concussion), DE Chris Kelsay (neck), DE Mario Williams (wrist, ankle), C Eric Wood (knee), FS Jairus Byrd (back), DE Shawn Merriman (groin), LB Kelvin Sheppard (back), G Andy Levitre (knee), DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder), T Chris Hairston (knee), CB Leodis McKelvin (groin), CB Justin Rogers (hamstring).
The Colts list cornerback Vontae Davis as doubtful with a knee injury, while tight end Coby Fleener (shoulder) and defensive end Cory Redding (hip) are questionable.