LB Kawika Mitchell doubtful for Season Opener

September 9, 2010 Updated Sep 9, 2010 at 2:10 PM EDT

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LB Kawika Mitchell doubtful for Season Opener

September 9, 2010 Updated Sep 9, 2010 at 2:10 PM EDT

Orchard Park ( Bills linebacker Kawika Mitchell is "doubtful"for Sunday's season opener against the Miami Dolphins after suffering an injury Wednesday in practice. Mitchell did not practice on Thursday. LB Reggie Torbor also missed practice again on Thursday. Head Coach Chan Gailey addressed the media Thursday afternoon in Orchard Park, below are his comments along with those of LB Andra Davis, CB Terrence McGee, and CB Leodis McKelvin.


Opening Statement:
This is what we have here for injuries: Antonio Coleman was still out today. [Reggie] Torbor was still out and [Kawika] Mitchell, who was limited yesterday, was out today. We’ll see what the prognosis is on him, short term and long term.

On if LB Kawika Mitchell got hurt in practice yesterday:

On if Mitchell’s injury is significant:
I think we’re kind of under further review, so to speak. So, we’ve got to wait and see on that one.

On the status of LB Reggie Torbor for Sunday:
It’s looking a little dim for him at this point, but we’re still holding out hope at this time.

On if WR Steve Johnson is a starter:

On the status of S Jairus Byrd and if he’s on the path to recovery:
Yes, oh yes. He was out there and moved around really well today at practice. It’s an improvement over yesterday. So, I’m very optimistic about him.

On if LB Kawika Mitchell is having tests on his injury:
Yeah, we’re still evaluating what’s going on.

On the status of Mitchell for Sunday:
Since he didn’t work today and we’re giving him more tests, you’d have to put him more toward the doubtful category, but I don’t have to do that until tomorrow.

On if he sees using RB C.J. Spiller on all kickoff returns or if he thinks other players will fill in:
I see a lot of different options. We’re fortunate on this team to have good returners and depth with good returners. So, we’ll make a decision about that as we get closer to game time [on] exactly who’s going to do it.

On if he will use different guys at returner or if he will decide on one guy and use only him:
We’ll probably decide on a guy and use him that game. The good thing is if one gets winded or something like that then we have got the option to go somewhere else.


On his thoughts about Miami Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan:
I think he’s very aggressive. That was our mindset last year in Denver, to be aggressive. Other than that, he’s been in this league for a while. So, everybody knows he’s a really good coach. I expect him to be aggressive though.

On if he could see some different looks that he may recognize and share them with the offense:
Honestly, not really because it’s pretty much all the same. It’s just all about what a coach likes in certain situations, but pretty much all of the looks are the same. If you shade a guy over a couple of inches one way and a couple of inches the other way, it’s a new defense. So, it’s nothing that they haven’t seen. Like I said, honestly, the only thing that I could possibly give them is the tendencies that he showed last year when I played for him.

On Nolan throwing new surprises in his defensive scheme:
Exactly. He did the best he could with the group he had out in Denver. In Miami it’s a whole new group. When he was in San Francisco, we did it totally different than what they did because we’ve got different players and different personalities, so he had to switch stuff around.


On WR Brandon Marshall:
The guy is a monster. He’s a beast out there. He’s one of the best receivers in the league, so you’ve definitely got to expect they’re going to throw him the ball. That’s what they brought him there for. So, you’ve just got to be ready, but you’ve got to be ready every Sunday. It’s nothing different, but you’ve got to definitely be ready with him.

On if there is a technique that’s best to use versus him:
You basically try to stay fundamentally sound. The only thing that I’ve seen different watching on film is he’s really aggressive at the line, so he seems to grab the defensive back and pulls him through – kind of slings him through [the line of scrimmage]. He’s a big, strong guy. That’s the only thing that I see that as a defensive back, if you want to try to press him that you’ve got to be worried about because he’ll pull you through and he has great speed. So, he could be gone quick. Everything else you just really have got to play technique and go out there and play.

On the confidence of the secondary going in to the season:
I think we’re very confident. We have some great players. I know we have some good guys that didn’t make the team. We definitely have some good players and we’re definitely excited to see how we’re going to do this season. We had a real big year from [Jairus] Byrd last year. I know that he definitely wants to have that same type of year and you’ve got guys that want to have that same type of year that he had. So, hopefully we can, as a defensive unit collectively, we can have a whole bunch of turnovers because that’s what we’re trying to do.


On playing the Dolphins this Sunday:
It’s going to be a great challenge. I know that two years ago we went against [Brandon] Marshall in Denver. I think he had a real good game, but we came out with the victory. We’re just trying to go out there and we’re trying not to give up a lot of passing yards and give up a lot of running yards as a defense and go out there and come away with a victory.

On how much Defensive Coordinator George Edwards has helped preparing for this game:
He probably knows some of the personnel guys, but they’ve changed from year to year. We’re just going to go out there and play hard.

On if LB Andra Davis could give the defense some tips on former coach, Mike Nolan:
Like you said, he played with them, but he doesn’t know how he thinks. We’ve just got to go out there and play our defense. If we play our defense and execute the plays we run, we’re going to do great.


On how he thinks the defense is heading in to Week One:
I think we’re all right. The main thing is, we’re going to run a bunch of different looks, we’re going to do a bunch of different things and hopefully we can confuse some teams and steal some plays off of it. And then be solid in our base stuff.

On the Dolphins running game:
Well, obviously the running backs they have are second to none. They’re a power running team, where a lot of teams will double team to try to work up on you, [their offensive linemen] try to stay on you and get movement and they’ll just grind it out. So, you have to be ready for it every play. They’ll throw the ball when they need to, but they want to come in and they want to control the clock and ball and grind the game out.

On Defensive Coordinator George Edwards knowing what to expect:
Well, we haven’t talked about him game planning certain things for what they do, but I’m sure our game plan revolves around him feeling comfortable with what we’re going to run against what he thinks that they might do. So, I think it helps with our opening game. The main thing he helps us with is the adjustment. Something that they’re going to do is going to be different from anything that we’ve seen so far and just being able to adjust to it quick

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