Bills cornerback McKelvin begins light workouts on sideline

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin has finally parked the small push cart he's been using to keep weight off his injured right ankle.

The next step: Riding a stationary bike.

McKelvin took part in light workouts on Tuesday after trainers removed the protective boot he had been wearing since training camp opened in late July.

Coach Rex Ryan called it a step in the right direction, while adding there's no timetable when McKelvin can begin practicing.

McKelvin has been sidelined since having a follow-up procedure to repair the ankle he first broke during a game in November. He spent camp watching practice from a golf cart, and also got around on a small push cart with a padded surface on which he rested his right leg.

Led by an athletic trainer, McKelvin wheeled the cart into the Bills training facility for one last time Tuesday morning. McKelvin joked he was so eager to be rid of the cart that he might even set it on fire.

The cart was parked at his locker following practice, and McKelvin didn't make himself available to reporters.

The seventh-year player remains on the active/non-football injury list.

The Bills have until Saturday when NFL teams make their final cuts to determine whether to activate McKelvin. Ryan previously said the Bills intend to keep a roster spot open for McKelvin because he is expected to return early into the season.

Rookie second-round pick Ronald Darby has been inconsistent in three preseason games filling in for McKelvin.

The Bills (2-1) close their preseason at Detroit (2-1) on Thursday night.

Ryan intends to sit out all of his starters against the Lions to have them ready for the season-opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 13. Fourth-string quarterback Matt Simms is scheduled to start and play the entire game.

Ryan said there's a chance backup running back Boobie Dixon will play after missing the first three preseason games with a pulled calf muscle.


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