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Bills' Merriman Sits Out Half of Practice

One of the most popular players on the Buffalo Bills during training camp at least has been Shawne 'Lights Out' Merriman. Attempting to battle back from three injury-riddled seasons, Merriman had to sit out for the second half of Tuesday's practice.

Merriman felt a tightness in his right leg during one-on-one drills against offensive lineman, and spent the rest of the practice with his helmet off taking it easy. Bills head coach Chan Gailey didn't seem too overly concerned.

"It's minor," Gailey said. "But if we err, we err on the side of caution with that to make sure that he's back full speed. We don't want him to put pressure in undo areas there."

Caution may be the best approach for a potential explosive defensive playmaker like the outside linebacker. Dating back to the start of training camp, the franchise said Merriman may need a few days off here and there. It's likely Wednesday night might be one of those days.

"I think last week Coach gave me a day off, I was a little bit sore after doing like 7-8 practice back-to-back," Merriman said. "I think that's something they expected when we started and its just something we'll grow from to keep trying to work through it."

With only two practices left before the team's next preseason game Saturday night against Denver, it's all about if they feel Merriman is up to it.

"[We'll] see how I feel tomorrow and just go from there."

Merriman had two sacks in his preseason debut for the Buffalo Bills.

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