Bills get 3 back from injury Tuesday
Two days removed from their first preseason game of 2014 the Buffalo Bills received some good news ahead of Tuesday’s practice: their three offensive skill players that missed the New York Giants contest would be getting back on the field.
The Bills welcomed back wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, tight end Scott Chandler and tight end Tony Moeaki back to the practice field from short-term injuries. Goodwin was the most recent of the trio to suffer an injury, hurting his hamstring just a day before the Bills traveled to Canton, Ohio for the Hall of Fame Game. The wide receiver got back on the field and was limited during team drills.
As for Chandler and Moeaki, they have each contributed to the tight end position being quite shorthanded for the past week of practice. It first started with Moeaki’s hamstring injury that happened in concert with Chris Gragg having a bout with heat cramps. Days later, Chandler injured his groin and wasn’t able to participate in practice through the weekend.
Chandler was back working in team drills, which represented a good sign for his full return to the field. He later told the team’s official website that he would play in the team’s next preseason game on Friday.
On the other hand Moeaki did not participate in team drills on Tuesday, instead only doing the individual portion of the practice and then heading to the locker room. The Bills said after practice that that had been the plan for the tight end all along.
The team was also without three players able to participate at practice: cornerback Leodis McKelvin, center Doug Legursky and safety Derek Brim. McKelvin is still limited from his offseason hip procedure and hasn’t participated in team drills in over a week, Legursky is said to have a back injury and the undrafted free agent rookie Brim also has a hip injury.
In addition to those three, reserve offensive tackle Edawn Coughman had to leave the practice due to a strained oblique. He had been taking second-team snaps at left tackle behind Seantrel Henderson.
The Bills have one more practice session before they travel to Charlotte on Thursday. They’ll take the field Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm, preparing for their second preseason game on Friday night versus the Carolina Panthers.
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