DETROIT, MI ( buffalobills.com) By Chris Brown
It wasn’t head coach Chan Gailey’s intent to play his starters terribly long in their preseason finale. Bills cornerback Drayton Florence did his best to make it an early night for the first team defense. On the third play from scrimmage Florence jumped a Matt Stafford pass intended for Calvin Johnson and took it back 40 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game, in what wound up being a 28-23 loss to the Lions in their final preseason contest.
“They were going into hurry-up offense, we were playing Cover 2, I was playing off about 10 yards or so,” said Florence. “He threw the hitch and I jumped it. It felt great. I needed this. I wanted to end the preseason on a good note. It’s good to go into the regular season knowing I can make plays like that.”
Gailey planned to give his starters on both sides of the ball 12-14 plays, and after the first team offense orchestrated a 13-play 65-yard scoring drive, the night for Trent Edwards and company was over.
C.J. Spiller did not play in the game as head coach Chan Gailey chose to rest the back after taking on a heavy workload the past two weeks with Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch out injured.
Marshawn Lynch started, but finding yards proved tough. He finished with five carries for two yards.
Right tackle Cornell Green did not play. He was replaced by Jamon Meredith in the starting lineup.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick did not play, but that was a coach’s decision after he saw more time in the game last week against the Bengals than Brohm.
Final roster cuts are Saturday, Sept. 4 when the roster must be reduced to 53, with a league deadline of 6 pm. The practice squad will be assembled a day later.
Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo and anchor Shawn Stepner will have the latest on the game on Channel 7's Eyewitness News.