Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis had his right foot in a walking boot following his team’s 27-24 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Lewis had X-rays after the game for what he said was a sprained foot.
“We checked it out. I should be fine,” Lewis said. “Just a sprain on the foot. They said the X-rays looked good, so I guess that’s positive.”
The Bills, however, might be in the market for some insurance – just in case.
A source confirmed to The Buffalo News on Sunday night that quarterback Matt Flynn will go through a previously scheduled workout with the team today.
Lewis said he was unsure of the play in which he was hurt.
“I just knew I pretty much got sore throughout the game,” he said.
Lewis finished 19 of 32 for 216 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown and lost a fumble in place of the injured EJ Manuel. He was sacked five times.
“I think I did OK. It’s never good when you don’t come out with a ‘W.’ That’s the reason you play this game,” he said. “We’ve seen some things that we can do better as a team. We’ll watch the film and correct the mistakes, but we’re right there.”
The Bills lost linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring) and reserve safety Jonathan Meeks (knee) to injuries during Sunday’s game. Coach Doug Marrone is expected to provide an update on their condition today.
Safety Jairus Byrd and cornerback Stephon Gilmore both made their season debut for the Bills on Sunday.
Byrd, who missed the first five games of the season because of plantar fasciitis in both feet, made four tackles and one pass breakup.
“I think he’ll just be better and better each week,” Marrone said of Byrd, who did not start, but played in the Bills’ nickel (five defensive backs) package. “I was glad to see him out there. He was playing hard and having fun.”
Like Byrd, Gilmore was also not in the starting lineup. He rotated in with Aaron Williams at cornerback. Gilmore played with a “club” on his left wrist, which he broke in the preseason – an injury that kept him out the first five weeks.
“I give him a lot of credit,” Marrone said. “I think it’s a very tough situation. Here is a guy that wants to come back, wants to get out there. Obviously he’s not as comfortable as he wants to be.”
Gilmore finished with three tackles.
“You can’t really grab like you want to,” he said. “It’s like playing with one hand out there. You have to be more mental and play from there.”
Punter Brian Moorman had a solid first game back with the Bills. Moorman had a net average of 42 yards on his five punts.
He got a rousing ovation from the crowd prior to his first punt – which he angled perfectly toward the sideline. The ball bounced once and then touched out of bounds at the Cincinnati 1-yard line.
“Just the emotion of them cheering for me, it brought chills to me and got me in the moment,” he said.
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, who missed practice this week while attending the funeral of a relative in California, worked out with coaches before the game but said his sore back was not well enough for him to play. It ended a streak of 48 straight starts by Johnson.
“It wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” he said of his back, which he aggravated in the game at Cleveland. “I’ll be back at it tomorrow for treatment and be ready to go for Miami.
“It came down to an unfortunate situation as far as going back home and not getting the proper treatment for the week. Not getting plays, the feel with Thad coming in as the quarterback. There were a lot of things that weighed into it.”
Johnson was joined on the Bills’ inactive list by Manuel (knee), cornerbacks Justin Rogers, Brandon Burton and Ron Brooks (foot), linebacker Ty Powell and guard Antoine McClain. Powell and McClain signed with the Bills last week.
Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams took an uncharacteristic taunting penalty in the third quarter. Williams had words for Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, who flattened Kiko Alonso on a blind-side block. The penalty aided the Bengals on a touchdown drive.
“That was ridiculous,” Williams said. “I’ve got my teammate, who when the ball’s in the air and he’s got his back turned to me gets speared. I said something to the guy. And they threw a flag like I hit the guy. If we hit a receiver like that coming across the middle, that’s on us.
“I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. I guess I’ll just pat him on the head for spearing my teammate.”
What did he say?
“It’s not repeatable. There’s a lot of things that are unrepeatable out there, coming from referees, coming from players, from everybody. To nitpick off that, that’s tough, in my opinion.”
The Bills rotated Doug Legursky and Colin Brown at left guard in the first half but then Legursky played the entire second half.
Legursky played the first two drives, Brown the next two. Brown was beaten for a sack by Wallace Gilberry on his second drive.
Former Bills kicker Scott Norwood, who works in real estate and securities in Alexandria, Va., led the team out of the huddle before the game.
News Sports Reporter Mark Gaughan contributed to this report.