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Notes from Training Camp: Injury Epidemic

This was to be expected.  Within the past few days of practice, the injury list for the Buffalo Bills continues to grow.  While Drayton Florence’s injury (ankle sprain, will miss preseason opener vs. Bears) seems to the most severe the nicks, sprains and strains are beginning to pile up.  This is what happens when there’s a condensed Cliff Notes version of training camp.  Bodies are being pushed harder and faster.  Players are exerting more energy and effort.  We’re seeing just how valuable OTAs for each team really are.

On to the Bills’ injury page….

-Let’s start with Florence.  As established earlier, he left Saturday night’s practice session after injuring his ankle during red zone drills and has been ruled out for Friday night’s preseason opener against Chicago.  He is expected to return some time next week.

-OT Demetrius Bell, another Bills’ starter, left Sunday’s practice with a shoulder injury.  Bell was hurt during positional drills and was tended to by the trainers.  The Bills are calling Bell’s injury a shoulder strain.  He missed Monday’s practice and with the Bills being off today, however the good news is the injury doesn’t appear to be long-term related.  As of now, Bell has not been ruled out for the preseason opener on Friday evening.

– Nose tackle Torell Troup left Monday’s afternoon practice with a hand injury.

-LB Chris Kelsay and WR Roscoe Parrish were spectators during Monday’s practice.  Parrish did not practice on Sunday either, making it two day in a row he wasn’t on the field.  Gailey described both players as feeling tight, and rather than attempting to push both players, Gailey decided to give both Kelsay and Parrish Monday off and with the entire team off on Tuesday, the players will have a 48-hour grace period of rest and downtime before returning to practice on Wednesday. 

Here’s the complete list of players who either were non-participants or left practice early:

  • Drayton Florence
  • Donald Jones
  • Justin Rogers
  • Kellen Heard
  • Marcus Easley
  • Shawn Nelson
  • Chris Kelsay
  • Roscoe Parrish
  • Antonio Coleman
  • Demetrius Bell
  • Torell Troup

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