It’s been a bad week for Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who last Sunday night guaranteed a win over the Dolphins, then left Thursday’s loss in Miami with an ankle injury. As it turns out, that game against the Dolphins figures to be McKelvin’s last of 2014 — according to head coach Doug Marrone (Twitter link), the cornerback suffered a fracture ankle, and the team is having discussions about what to do with his roster spot.
Losing McKelvin is a blow not only to the Bills’ secondary but to the club’s return game as well. The 29-year-old had been Buffalo’s primary punt returner this season in addition to starting at cornerback. With McKelvin likely headed to injured reserve due to his ankle injury, players like Corey Graham, Nickell Robey, and Ron Brooks are candidates to see enhanced roles in the Bills’ secondary.
Assuming McKelvin is indeed placed on IR, the Bills will also have an open spot to fill on their 53-man roster. If the team decides to add another cornerback in McKelvin’s absence, Rod Sweeting, the only corner currently on Buffalo’s practice squad, would be a candidate for promotion.