ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman is out indefinitely after hurting his left hamstring in practice.
Coach Sean McDermott on Friday couldn’t provide a timetable on time Norman will miss, saying the team is still determining the severity of the injury.
”Those take some time to really get a good read on,” McDermott said of Norman’s injury, making it unclear if the player will be available for the Bills’ opener against the New York Jets on Sept. 13. ”The biggest thing right now is that he maximizes those treatment opportunities so that he can get back out there as soon as possible.”
Norman was hurt a day earlier when he appeared to fall awkwardly while being stripped of the ball from behind after intercepting Josh Allen’s pass.
Norman lay on the field for a moment before getting up on his own. He limped to the sideline, where he was attended to by trainers, and missed about the final half of the 90-minute practice.
The Bills signed the ninth-year player to a one-year contract in March after Norman was released by Washington. The 32-year-old Norman was reunited with McDermott, who served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator during the player’s first four NFL seasons with the Panthers.
Norman, part of a Carolina defense that led the league with 24 interceptions in 2015 when the Panthers went to the Super Bowl, is competing with Levi Wallace for the starting job opposite Tre’Davious White.
McDermott said linebacker A.J. Klein, another offseason veteran free agent addition, was also expected to miss practice. Klein appeared to roll his left ankle in defending a run play, but was able to finish practice Thursday.
Starting defensive tackle Ed Oliver was scheduled to return to practice on a limited basis after missing four days with a hip injury.
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