Injury List Long: Dick Jauron has yet to make a final call on who will miss the game Thursday night because of injury, but the list of banged up players are growing. On the sidelines for today's practice were Roscoe Parrish, Josh Reed, Blake Costanzo, Tim Massaquoi, Patrick Estes, Matt Murphy, Marcus Buggs, and Scott Mayle. The only player to return to practice today was Donte Whitner who left last night's workout early after getting hit in the leg. Injury Page.
Butler Playing Tackle: With the Bills down to just three healthy offensive tackles something needed to be done. So they have given some reps to guard Brad Butler at tackle during today's practice session. His reps were with the third team offense during the no pads practice this afternoon. He got some good work in working on his technique and footwork. Butler's chances of playing tackle some on Thursday night depends on if Patrick Estes can play or not. He had a stocking wrap on his very sore left knee as he stood watching today's practice. Butler played tackle for most of his career at the University of Virginia.
Tickets Remain Despite Blackout: The Bills announced that Thursday's preseason game will be on local TV and the blackout has been lifted. It's interesting since reports say approximately 2,500 tickets remain for the game in Toronto. It appears that Rogers Media has bought the remaining tickets and will distribute the leftovers to fill the Rogers Centre. The Bills spin on it is that there are tickets that have been released because they were held back for the teams and tickets are still available from Ticketmaster.
Estes, Murphy Hurt: The Bills are down to just three healthy offensive tackles after two went down within minutes during last night's practice. Matt Murphy was taken to the hospital for tests and an MRI after suffering a painful shoulder injury. Patrick Estes suffered a left leg injury but walked off under his own power. Donte Whitner's return to the field was short lived as he left early after getting kicked in the leg. He is expected to be fine. Copeland Bryan returned to the field after missing a week with a hamstring injury. Josh Reed remains out with a back injury. Roscoe Parrish was held out with a sore knee as was Marcus Buggs. Scott Mayle missed practice because of a troublesome hamstring. Injury Page.
Aerial Show: The Bills showcased their vertical passing game under the lights last night. Trent Edwards hit James Hardy with a 70 yard TD bomb. Felton Huggins made two very nice catches as well. The passing game really was hitting on all cylinders for what may have been the first time in camp.
Monday August 11, 2008
Whitner, Crowell Return: Donte Whitner and Angelo Crowell are on the practice field tonight as they return to action. Among those sitting out according to Chris Brown on the team's website are Scott Mayle and Marcus Buggs. Whitner also took part in the morning walk-thru while Josh Reed didn't. Injury Page.
Short Week Ahead: The Bills get back to work today with a morning walk-thru and a night practice at St. John Fisher. They will look to correct mistakes made in Saturday's preseason loss to the Redskins but will have to quickly look ahead to Thursday's preseason matchup with the Steelers in Toronto. The team only has two open practices this week. The night one today and a 1pm practice tomorrow. There is no practice on Friday or Saturday but there is another night practice on Sunday.
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