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Bills' Nelson taking a slow approach

David Nelson knows a thing or two about scary moments during training camp.

Twice in 2010, his first training camp, Nelson thought he had suffered an injury that could have sidelined him for the long-term, only to bounce right back in a relatively quick manner to try and make the team.

Fast forward to one of the first few practices at St. John Fisher College, where a freak collision with Mario Williams caused Nelson to believe his season could be in jeopardy. The wideout believed his knee was blown, due to the way it contorted upon impact.

Just like in 2010, however, Nelson received good news. He was able to get back to work during individual drills a few days ahead of the Bills' first preseason game.

He made another step in the right direction on Saturday night, taking part in team drills for the first time since the injury.

"The advice I got was that it couldn't get any worse -- it's not going to get any worse by pushing through it," Nelson said. "That was all the green-light I needed. When they told me that I just came out here and did all I could."

While the wide receiver admitted that it was hard for him to plant and cut at this point, he said he's going to battle through it -- albeit in an intelligent way.

"It was the trainers, it was Buddy, it was Chan -- all of the above were just telling me to be smart," Nelson remarked. "The competitiveness comes out of you. You come out on this field and you've got these guys and the bodies are flying around. Anytime you get a defense on the field, you want to go 100-percent so it's always hard to kind of turn it down and play under control.

"But at the same time, you wanna compete. This being my first day back, I had the anxiety because I only practiced two days in camp. So I still have those camp jitters going through my stomach. It was hard, but it was good to get out here today and be able to have three more days to really go out there with pads on."

Nelson revealed he had a strained tendon in his knee in late July. He'll be depended on by the Bills to be slot receiver throughout the 2012 season.

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