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Bryce Brown surprised by Bills making him healthy scratch

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- When the Buffalo Bills traded a future fourth-round draft choice for Bryce Brown this offseason, few expected he would be inactive each of the first six games this season.

Count Brown among those surprised by the decision.

"I expected to play and I expected to play right away," he said Thursday. "I still expected to play right away after preseason. But, me not playing and inactive was a surprise. I didn't expect that."

Talk around Brown has heated up this week after the Bills' running game has struggled in recent weeks. With C.J. Spiller seeing a season-low 12 snaps last Sunday, there seemed to be an opening for Brown to be active and see playing time.

At the moment, don't expect that. Brown is still a member of the scout team in practice and coach Doug Marrone didn't express a sense of urgency Thursday when asked about getting Brown on the field.

"He's here for a while. I'm not concerned about [getting him on the field soon]," Marrone said.

It's been a trying experience for Brown, however, who played in 16 games each of his first two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I look at it this way: I've matured. I know if this was the old Bryce in this situation, I probably wouldn't be here right now," he said. "So I think that shows a lot, just about my maturity the last few years. I remember when I was in college and things didn't go my way, in the past, I just walked away. That just showed I've matured, a lot."