Three Bills return to practice Friday
A rainy Friday evening didn’t deter the Buffalo Bills on their final night ahead of their first preseason game of 2014. It also didn’t hold a trio of players on the team from getting back on the field before the team travels to Canton, OH for the Hall of Fame game.
Guard Chris Williams, tight end Lee Smith and offensive lineman Chris Hairston all made their return after missing some practice time due to injury. All three players were only away from the field for under a week before they were able to participate in the team’s on-field work once again.
Williams, the Bills’ starting left guard, left Thursday’s practice early due to an injury to his toe but did not need to miss any additional time. Smith had what head coach Doug Marrone labeled a “lower body injury,” and missed only Thursday’s practice. Hairston had the most longterm injury of the three, having suffered a back injury on Wednesday which forced him to miss Thursday’s practice.
In fact the Bills only had two players on the active roster not available to them at practice and both play the same position. Tight ends Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki each missed yet another chance to get back on the field due to individual injuries.
A groin injury has limited Chandler for the past few days at training camp to all but working with trainers from the sidelines. He and Moeaki, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, have both missed a handful of practices.
Dressed in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts, the Bills held an abbreviated final practice Friday, just two days ahead of the Hall of Fame Game to kick off the 2014 NFL preseason. The team will fly out to Ohio on Saturday and then take on the New York Giants Sunday at 8 pm. You can listen to complete play-by-play coverage of the game on WGR Sports Radio 550.