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Stevie Johnson talks Bills QB situation, status for Sunday

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By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson wasn’t active for Sunday’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he has hopes to play in Week 7 against the Dolphins. “I’m working day to day,” Johnson said on FOX Football Daily. “I’m feeling good about this Sunday. I get a full week of practice to test it out and see how I feel with it.” Johnson, who hadn’t practiced all last week while dealing with a loss in the family, also has been battling a back injury he sustained in Week 5 against the Browns. The sixth-year receiver isn’t the only player making visits to the team’s training room regularly. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel missed Week 6 with a sprained knee, and while rookie Thad Lewis filled in admirably, they signed veteran Matt Flynn to a deal this week. “Today’s the off day, but I’m expecting to see Thad [Lewis] out there on Wednesday,” Johnson said. “Whoever it is I’m looking forward to building some chemistry. It’s been a little rocky since we drafted EJ [Manuel] with injuries. So some of that chemistry has been tough. The Bills have been helped by a productive rookie class, spearheaded by defensive sensation Kiko Alonso. The Oregon product has made the most of his six starts in the league and currently leads all players in the NFL in tackles. “Kiko is a monster out there,” Johnson said. “He’s very smart and intelligent on the field. Every time you see him around the facility he has his head in his iPad looking at film or reviewing something. “It shows the work that he’s been putting in off the field.” Questions? Comments? Send them to lacesoutmail@gmail.com and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!