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By Joe Buscaglia
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Bills' Dixon, Spikes suffer in-practice injuries Thursday

To begin the week of practice, it looked to be smooth sailing for the Buffalo Bills. The team only had one player that could not participate, while the rest looked healthy and ready enough to play on Sunday.

That was the case, until Thursday came around.

The Bills added two more names to their injury report following the most recent session on the field outside the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Running back Anthony Dixon and linebacker Brandon Spikes each earned the tag of “limited participant” after they both sustained separate injuries during practice.

Dixon, the team’s third-string running back and core special teams contributor, injured his hamstring on Thursday and did not return. Is the running back be in danger of missing the team's game on Sunday?

"You always have to be concerned when that happens and they can’t finish, so yes," head coach Doug Marrone said. "Yes, that’s a concern."

Spikes, on the other hand, suffered a knee injury and needed to leave practice during the individual portion. The linebacker did, however, get back on the field for team drills without much delay after working with the trainers to the side.

For the second straight day the Bills were without Lee Smith at practice. The blocking specialist tight end suffered a toe injury during the preseason and hasn’t been able to participate with the team since. His status for Sunday’s regular season opener in Chicago is in doubt.

Two players that were limited on Wednesday, cornerback Stephon Gilmore (groin) and linebacker Randell Johnson (ankle), were upgraded to full participants for Thursday’s practice. Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs) was also a full participant for the second straight day. Safety Jonathan Meeks (neck) was a limited participant once again on Thursday.

The Bills have one more day of preparation to get ready for their first game of the season against the Chicago Bears. Friday’s practice begins at 11:15 am in Orchard Park.

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09/04/2014 2:41PM
Bills' Dixon, Spikes suffer in-practice injuries Thursday
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09/04/2014 3:15PM
Stop it Joe!
Don't make me fret over every ache and pain.
09/04/2014 3:30PM
Shouldn't almost all the players be wearing knee braces, especially the lineman who get rolled up on.
09/04/2014 3:32PM
3 and Outs
Marrone had better hope that his "D" is in good shape, because the "D" is gonna be on the field most of the time. That is until the Bills get a QB who can move the team and score in the red zone. Orton anybody?
09/04/2014 3:38PM
Returning Kicks?
The Bills management is trying to get C J hurt. So they wont have to pay him next year?
09/04/2014 4:18PM
No boobies on Sunday?
That would be a darn shame...
09/04/2014 4:25PM
What a Joke!
The season hasn't even started yet and the wrath of Timbo dominates One Bills Drive. What a bunch of fragile players we have here again...better yet still. Pathetic! FIRE WHALEY!!!
09/04/2014 4:28PM
o well?
let's skip this season n next season? maybe we can do better if the Bills "flush" the staff and management- and start alllllll over? this is getting so ridiculous - what next? we lose the entire defense?
09/04/2014 4:33PM
this guy must be taking the same training as TE Moeaki? every season he gets injured and unable to play the entire season- this is one spot the Bills have players who can fill in and play well- Spikes is the one player we don't need to lose- this guy is going to be the leader of the defense and set examples along with D Line how to play hard
09/04/2014 4:34PM
seriously! Injuries suck! 5-11
09/04/2014 5:49PM
"Is the running back be in danger of missing the team's game on Sunday?"
09/06/2014 5:09PM
Tim tebow anyone lol
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