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Adversity testing Bills before season starts

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With the Bills quarterback position depleted by injury, the team got more bad news Tuesday, as cornerback Stephon Gilmore will miss significant time. YNN's Don Heins has a look at how the Bills are handling adversity in Orchard Park.

"Obviously, I would definitely view this situation as adversity, so it's interesting to see from me, I think sometimes true character does come out - whether it's management, whether it's coaches, whether it's players," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone.

It's going to have to come out from players - on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. In addition to quarterback uncertainty, the Bills are preparing for life without Stephon Gilmore. He will need surgery to fix a fractured wrist and miss six to eight weeks.

"Adversity is always going to happen and we know that injuries are a part of this game. But the great thing is that we have guys who are in line and waiting and just ready to show what they can do to get ready to play," said linebacker Bryan Scott.

"I'm a big believer in everyone being ready to play. That affects how you practice during the week," Marrone said.

Adversity is rampant on the offensive side of the ball. C.J. Spiller was excused from practice Monday to attend to his personal matter. Kevin Kolb could miss significant time, so the Bills broke in new quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Thaddeus Lewis. And with EJ Manuel still being held off the practice field, Marrone announced the team is planning to start Jeff Tuel in their season opener against New England.

"You never know what's going to happen in this league and that's why you've always got to be ready. That's something that I've said since the day I walked in this building - that I'm going to prepare myself because you never know what can happen," said Tuel.

"Go back to when EJ went down and Kolb had to step up, it goes the same way now with Tuel. We have three quarterbacks now that we have to get on page with because injuries prevented them from playing. Now that one comes in, we all have to have chemistry with all of them," said wide receiver TJ Graham.

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