Nall, Holcomb Even Reps: In practice today Kelly Holcomb and Craig Nall each received 12 reps according to the team's website. Holcomb was 7 for 9 while Nall was 5 for 7. J.P. Losman was 15 of 26. The Bills did a little shuffling at linebacker and the offensive line because of the four cuts today. Several players shuffled in and out of the 2nd and 3rd team.
No Break For Bowen: Matt Bowen had an MRI today and there was no break so that was a good sign. No word on if he'll play on Saturday. Donte Whitner was excused from practice to attend to a personal matter. He'll be back tomorrow. Ashton Youboty will miss another week of camp because of a death in the family that he is handling. Missing practice today because of injuries were: Jon Goldsberry, Dylan McFarland, Ryan Neufeld, and Eric Powell. Injury Page.
Spikes May Play: Dick Jauron said after today's practice that Takeo Spikes may see some action on Saturday night against Cleveland. He said the player is physically ready to go but they will address it as they get closer to the game. Spikes said he would love to play in the game. At the beginning of camp he said that he didn't plan or need to play in the preseason. He said playing before a soldout kids day crowd would be great. He said he has needed everyday of camp and has seen a lot of improvement both physically and mentally. Injury Page.
Bills Waive Four: The Bills decided to trim their roster a bit as they get ready for their third preseason game. They have released DTs LaWaylon Brown and Tai Tupai along with LB Courtney Watson, and OT Matt Morgan. Watson is the biggest name on the list. He was acquired from the Saints this offseason for Tim Euhus and it was hoped he would be the middle linebacker of the future. He came in a little heavier than the team wanted. Morgan has been hurt most of the camp and was not going to make the team. Brown and Tapai spent time with the team last year. Brown was on the practice squad and Tapai played in Europe last offseason. Depth Chart.
Bowen Still Hurting: The Bills medical staff will take another look at the bone bruise that Matt Bowen suffered against Carolina. He returned to practice on Sunday and then again on Monday morning during the walkthrough. He was all set to practice last night but became sore and was held out. The team is a bit concerned about the injury now and he will be x-rayed again today. The injury has probably cost him his starting job as Jauron indicated it is now Donte Whitner's job to lose. Coy Wire returned to practice last night. Jason Peters hurt his arm and went to the locker room but returned to practice later on in the session. Chris Villarrial left practice early with back spasms. Injury Page.
Price Fined: Dick Jauron acknowledged yesterday that the team indeed fined Peerless Price for missing practice on Sunday. He said he's not concerned that Price is a problem in the locker room and believes it was an honest mistake but fined him an undisclosed amount nevertheless.
Nall Playing Time Increased: Dick Jauron also said after practice last night that Craig Nall has earned more playing time in this week's preseason game against Cleveland. It will come at the expense of Kelly Holcomb who won't play much in this game if at all according to the coach. Jauron did say not read anything into this move as far as the backup QB job goes, they just need to see more of Nall. The coach also said that J.P. Losman remains the frontrunner for the starting job and he did take the majority of the reps in last night's practice. Holcomb had more reps than Nall last night but Jauron said Nall's reps will increase during the week. The team's website reports that Losman was 16-26 with a pick and a sack while Holcomb was 8-12 and an interception. Nall was 5-7 passing.
Preston At Center: For the first time in camp, Duke Preston took some reps at the center position during last night's practice. He was working with the 2nd unit offensive line. Justin Geisinger moved over to Preston's right guard spot with that unit. This was planned all along after Preston got the guard position down. Jauron stresses that they will only keep seven linemen active on gamedays so the backups need to have versatility.
Monday August 21, 2006
Price Misreads Schedule: The reason Peerless Price missed practice yesterday was because he misread the schedule. It was in honest mistake as he read last week's schedule when they were off on Sunday. Yesterday the team held a closed practice. He called Dick Jauron immediately after realizing his mistake and tried to get to practice in time but couldn't make it. Price said he is not disgruntled about not catching any passes over the first two preseason games.
Losman Still No. 1: Despite his inconsistent performance on Friday night it appears that J.P. Losman remains number one on the depth chart for now. It was a very modified closed practice yesterday but according to the Team's website he took seven snaps, to Kelly Holcomb's six and Craig Nall's five snaps. It was all in 7-on-7 drills.
Hunter Remains No. 2: Wendell Hunter remains ahead of Mario Haggan on the depth chart at strongside linebacker. He got the surprise start on Friday night and made four tackles as he performed well. He took more reps than Haggan on Sunday as well. Depth Chart.
Others Held Out: Besides the players we reported yesterday, Ryan Neufeld, Jonathan Smith, and Courtney Watson were also held out of practice yesterday. No word on why they were out or if they were injured. Injury Page.
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