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Bills CB Leodis McKelvin could be used at safety upon return

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Leodis McKelvin #21 of the Buffalo Bills looks to the crowd to give out an interception to a lucky fan at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo Bills defeat Minnesota Vikings 17-16. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Leodis McKelvin #21 of the Buffalo Bills looks to the crowd to give out an interception to a lucky fan at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo Bills defeat Minnesota Vikings 17-16. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Leodis McKelvin could find himself in uncharted territory when he returns from injury. Brett Carlsen Getty Images

One of the lone bright spots in a disappointing season for the Buffalo Bills thus far is the play of their young cornerbacks, Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby. Both have played extremely well in Rex Ryan's defense, proving to be one of the best cornerback duos in the league.

Incredibly, Darby wasn't even expected to be a starter coming into his rookie season, but a lingering ankle injury forced the Bills to place veteran Leodis McKelvin on the non-football injury list. Darby has started in his place for the first seven games, and with McKelvin expected to return this week, it doesn't sound like the rookie will be giving up his spot any time soon.

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According to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW, McKelvin was told for the first time Monday that he may be asked to play safety when he does return.

Aaron Williams, one of the Bills' starting safeties coming into 2015, was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury, so there's a void on the backend that the Bills hope McKelvin can fill. It probably won't be an easy transition, though. McKelvin said he hasn't played safety since high school, so it's not a familiar position for him.

At the very least, it will help the Bills get their best defenders on the field at the same time, but it's not the plan they had in training camp.