Jim Leonhard working with Buffalo Bills starters

Jan 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos safety Jim Leonhard (36) against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran safety Jim Leonhard has been around the league and played for his fair share of teams, but now he could once again see the field as a starter with his newest team, the Buffalo Bills. During practices this week heading in to the team’s Week One match up against the New England Patriots, Leonhard has been working with the first-team defense.

Mark Ludwiczak of the Bills Insider passed along the report.

When you look at the injuries in the defensive backfield to shut down cornerback Stephon Gilmore and starting safety Jairus Byrd, it is understandable why Leonhard has been getting a long, hard look with the starters.

The team will have a tough task in the season-opener against New England, so having a veteran presence in the defensive backfield could hold their defense together despite the aerial assault the Patriots will be launching.

It’s going to be a long day for the Bills as they kick off their 2013-14 campaign, but at least Leonhard can hang his hat on the fact that he is getting another NFL start.

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