Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Full health throughout a roster somewhat of a rarity in the National Football League, and somehow the Buffalo Bills have found the heavily sought elixir. During their practice on Tuesday, the Bills had all 53 players on the active roster on the field and participating.
The team saw the return of both wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods on Monday, which happened to be the only two significant injuries heading into their Week 11 win over the New York Jets. Both receivers missed the game, but with a bye this past weekend each had a chance to be ready for the team's next game in Week 13.
"To be sitting here now where we are from a health standpoint is a credit to the players, the trainers, the conditioning guys, the weight coaches. They've done a good job," said head coach Doug Marrone. "It's important. I'm excited because it's the healthiest we've been."
Despite the health, it's not all aces for the Bills at practice for one simple reason. Because of the general disarray that any given NFL season provides with their ill-timed injuries, teams haven't practiced with their full teams basically since training camp.
Now in Week 13, the Bills have only one long-term injury that has affected their starting lineup.
"I think that if it takes you to Week, whatever, to get healthy, obviously that's not as good," the coach remarked. "I think when you can stay healthy for a long period of time, that's really an advantage. Because the continuity and everyone's playing together, everyone's getting a good feel for each other. I think that's very good."
The Bills will return to work on Wednesday with their third straight day with a full roster on the field as they continue to prepare for their weekend matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.