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Mario Williams among Bills' inactives

August, 16, 2013
Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (foot) will not play in tonight's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced.

Williams played two series in the Bills' preseason opener last Sunday, and has been limited throughout training camp with a foot injury.

"He keeps getting treatment to take care of his body," coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. "Again, we’re just trying to be smart up and down, resting him for some time, just so he can make sure he just gets ready. Especially coming off this short week."

The Bills said Williams will dress for the game, meaning he would be available to play in an emergency.

Other Bills not playing tonight:
Not listed among the inactives are quarterback Kevin Kolb, wide receivers Brad Smith and Kevin Elliott, tight end Scott Chandler, and linebacker Keith Pough. All missed Sunday's win over Indianapolis.

Highlights from Bills scrimmage

August, 6, 2013
The Bills held their first scrimmage of training camp on Monday evening at St. John Fisher College, running more than 100 plays, according to coach Doug Marrone.

"I thought we got a lot of work in," he said. "During the beginning, I thought we didn’t tackle as well. I thought we really picked it up at the end."

The Associated Press reported that quarterback EJ Manuel completed 9 of 17 pass attempts for 113 yards, with backup Jeff Tuel seeing the remaining action. Veteran Kevin Kolb did not participate because of a death in the family.

Manuel was intercepted twice, the second time on a pass that was tipped at the line.

"The way I viewed it, one was on him, one was on something else that didn’t have anything to do with him, even though he gets credited for it," Marrone said. "I was really looking to see how he bounced back from that, because early on, you want to see that. And I thought he bounced back well. He came in and ended on a good note."

Defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti injured his right ankle in a goal-line drill and did not return. Marrone said that linebacker Keith Pough (chest) and running back Zach Brown (rib) also left the scrimmage with injuries.

Several other players, including running back C.J. Spiller, sat out portions of the scrimmage that involved live tackling.

Buffalo Bills practice report

July, 30, 2013
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills held their first full-padded practice of training camp on Tuesday, their first morning session since beginning camp Sunday.

Passing along some observations:

Attendance report: Defensive end Mario Williams continued to be absent from practice. Head coach Doug Marrone said he had no updates on Williams, who he said was off campus yesterday having his sore foot evaluated by doctors. Otherwise, offensive lineman Chris Hairston, who remains on the active/physically unable to perform list, continued to rehab on the sideline.

[+] EnlargeEJ Manuel
AP Photo/Bill WippertEJ Manuel was impressive running the offense on Tuesday.
Pough leaves practice; Rogers, Blatnick limited: Rookie linebacker Keith Pough left practice with an unknown injury. The undrafted rookie talked to a team doctor on the sideline before walking off the field. Meanwhile, cornerback Justin Rogers, who practiced with the first team to begin training camp, stayed on the sideline during team drills, as did outside linebacker Jamie Blatnick. The condition of either player isn't known. Defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) and tight end Scott Chandler (ACL) also were held out of full-team work.

Manuel impressive: Although veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb continues to take snaps with the first-team offense, rookie EJ Manuel had the better performance on Tuesday. In 7-on-7s, Manuel connected with rookie receiver Da'Rick Rogers on a deep ball over cornerback Leodis McKelvin. At 6-foot-5, Manuel has a height advantage over Kolb in the pocket, which helped on Tuesday, as the Bills opened their 11-on-11s with a heavy dose of screen passes. Meanwhile, Kolb was intercepted during an 11-on-11 drill by Stephon Gilmore, although there was a flag thrown on the play.

First fight of camp: With the pads coming on, it didn't take long for players to scuffle after a play. Rookie receiver Robert Woods got into it with cornerback Crezdon Butler after a catch, with Butler taking Woods to the ground and getting in swings before other players intervened. Later in practice, running back Tashard Choice and safety Aaron Williams had to be separated as they jawed at each other walking back to the sideline. Safety Jordan Dangerfield also laid a solid hit on running back Drew Smith after a screen pass, sending Smith tumbling to the ground out of bounds.

1-on-1 drills take center stage: Always a highlight of camp, 1-on-1 pass-rushing drills between an offensive and defensive lineman made their debut on Tuesday. Guard Colin Brown, who looks to have a solid hold on the open left guard spot through the early stages of camp, performed well in this drill. Also standing out on offense were Ryan Turnley, Zebrie Sanders, Zack Chibane. On the defensive end, defensive tackle Torell Troup struggled against Doug Legursky twice, and his second attempt came after he was twice flagged for being offside. Outside linebacker Kourtnei Brown had some wins defensively against Hutch Eckerson and Thomas Welch. Newcomer Tony Hills was flagged for a false start in the drill, as well as in an earlier 11-on-11 drill.

Kickers get their chance: For the first time training camp, the kicking competition came into focus. Veteran Rian Lindell and rookie Dustin Hopkins looked about even in field goals, with each missing two from the 40-yard range in the first period, while both were perfect in the second period. As expected, Hopkins showed the stronger leg on kickoffs, but this battle will continue throughout camp.

Good day at the office for: RB Fred Jackson. The 32-year old set the tone early in practice, breaking an outside run and showing no ill effects from the knee injury that limited him last season. He was fired up coming back to the huddle, which helped pick up the tempo for the first padded practice of camp.

Bad day at the office for: Kolb. Through the first three sessions of training camp, Kolb hasn't shown the veteran edge that one might expect. He hasn't made critical mistakes in practice, but also hasn't looked sharp or accurate in his throws, overthrowing an open T.J. Graham during early 11-on-11 work.

What's next: The Bills will be back on the practice field on Wednesday morning, from 8 to 11:10, before a day off on Thursday.