Green is the dominant color when it comes to the Buffalo Bills’ reserve linebackers.

Projected starters Nigel Bradham, Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers have a combined 145 NFL appearances and 99 starts. The current second team of Stevenson Sylvester, Preston Brown and Randell Johnson has 50 appearances and two starts – all belonging to Sylvester.

The Bills need to tap into that depth in Week One with Bradham serving a suspension.

Spikes feels like the replacement – whoever winds up with the job – will be ready. The reserves get a second chance to impress the coaching staff tonight in preseason game No. 2 against the Carolina Panthers (7:30 p.m., Ch. 7, Radio 550 AM) at Bank of America Stadium.

“They are very smart players, for them to be as young as they are. I feel like, physically and mentally, they can do it all as far as being able to interchange with each linebacker position,” Spikes said. “They’ve been doing a great job. I’m kind of impressed with them in the way they’re taking in the new scheme. It’s fun to see how they get in and carry themselves like professionals. We definitely can count on those guys if somebody goes down.”

When star linebacker Kiko Alonso was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee prior to the start of training camp, it opened what was thought to be a competition between primarily Bradham and Brown.