Mario Williams does team drills, Dareus doesn't practice at Bills OTAs
by Joe Buscaglia,posted May 29 2014 2:06PM
The Organized Team Activities are now through two days at One Bills Drive, and the Buffalo Bills saw the return of their highest-paid defensive player to 11-on-11s. Defensive end Mario Williams, who went through an offseason procedure on his hip, returned back to team drills in a limited capacity.
During the first session of the week, Williams could not get into the rotation during the drill that had the most likeness to scrimmaging and in his absence was replaced by either Jacquies Smith or Ikponmwosa Igbinosun depending on the situation. On Thursday though, both Williams and starter Jerry Hughes took reps with the first team.
Kiko Alonso even got some work in something other than positional drills. He was spotted with the first-team during the 9-on-9 drill just a day removed from not participating in any of the team drills during Wednesday's practice.
While that trio returned to the defense, the Bills were still without cornerback Stephon Gilmore, cornerback Leodis McKelvin and safety Aaron Williams during team drills on Thursday. On offense, wide receiver Robert Woods, wide receiver T.J. Graham, wide receiver Marcus Easley and tight end Scott Chandler still were not able to participate.
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was not on the field in any capacity on Thursday, but he was in the building during the second session of OTAs. Dareus was spotted in the weight room before the practice had begun.
The Bills had one addition to their injury list, fifth-string running back Ronnie Wingo injured himself during Wednesday's practice and could not do anything more than working with trainers along the side. Two players were seen going down with an injury as well.
Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had a bit of a scare, landing awkwardly following a collision with reserve defensive back Mario Butler. Goodwin was checked on for a few moments but returned to action shortly after. Meanwhile cornerback Darius Robinson had to be escorted off the field by trainers holding his left arm following a play where he got tied up with wide receiver Ramses Barden on a deep throw down the sideline.
As expected, defensive end Manny Lawson, defensive tackle Alan Branch and wide receiver Sammy Watkins were not in attendance. The Bills get back to work on Friday for their third practice of OTAs, and then conclude for the weekend before resuming practice on Monday.