Pittsford, NY -- While most of the injuries suffered at training camp for the Buffalo Bills may not be serious, there have been quite a few to pop up over the last few days.
Already with notable players like wide receiver David Nelson, right tackle Erik Pears, middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard and cornerback Justin Rogers missing some practices and team reps alike, you can add three more players to the list that figure to play a prominent role in the Bills' defense this season.
Defensive end Chris Kelsay sat out of practice altogether, while defensive end Mark Anderson and linebacker Bryan Scott didn't take any reps as the practice wore on. After the session, head coach Chan Gailey said both Kelsay and Anderson were nursing minor groin injuries, but had a different explanation for Scott.
"Scott got hit on his thigh the other night, and it was tightened up and he just couldn't loosen it up ever," said the head coach. "I think it's minor. You hope those things continue to be minor."
In the case of Sheppard, he took a step forward and then another step back. After missing Wednesday night's practice with an undisclosed injury, he showed up to practice on Thursday in shoulder pads and went through individual drills.
A little under an hour in to the session, Sheppard was escorted off the field by a trainer and did not return.
"He's trying to get back in there. It's probably going to be a little bit of a slow process, we'll see how he does," said Gailey after practice. "It may be tomorrow, it may be next week. I don't know, they've gotta tell me when I get inside."
In the place of Sheppard and Scott, Arthur Moats, Scott McKillop and Nigel Bradham continued to get a bevy of first-team reps. It's a big on-the-job learning opportunity for those players at this point in training camp.
"It's been real good. The fact is, you've got to take advantage of it," Moats remarked after practice. "Since I was getting a little bit of reps earlier through camp and stuff like that, my confidence was already fine. Now it's just more of it, so now I just have to be more consistent and just continue to get better."
The Bills will continue their work on Friday with yet another afternoon practice. It starts at 3 pm at St. John Fisher College and is open to the general public.