UPDATED (6:30 p.m.) Buffalo Bills rookie offensive tackle Ed Wang suffered what the team hopes will not be a significant injury to his left leg during the team's minicamp practice Saturday morning.
Wang, a fifth-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech, had to be carted off the field and was helped into the team's training room near the end of the 90-minute practice. The initial indication is Wang suffered a high-ankle sprain, a league source confirmed. However, the team still was awaiting results of tests on Wang's leg.
"I hope we haven't lost him for the season, that's what I'm hoping," Bills coach Chan Gailey told reporters after the afternoon practice in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Bills were working inside their fieldhouse in the first of two sessions when the injury happened. Wang was injured during an 11-on-11 drill. Spring practices are not conducted with pads and are non-contact. But Wang collided with another linemen in the backfield on a passing play and went to the ground. He got up under his own power and walked about 10 steps but then laid down on the turf. Wang is the first Chinese-American player to be drafted by the NFL. He has been working mostly with the second-team offensive line in spring practice. However, Demetrius Bell is the team's prospective starter at left tackle and is not yet practicing because he is rehabilitating from a knee injury suffered last season. Bell expects to return to the field for the start of training camp.
Two other players suffered what looked like minor leg injuries during the workout. Rookie guard Jorge Guerra and first-year nose tackle Lonnie Harvey walked off during the session under their own power.
The Bills continued their quarterback rotation. Brian Brohm took the first snaps in both the 7-on-7 session and the 11-on-11 session. Trent Edwards was second, Ryan Fitzpatrick third and Levi Brown fourth in the morning rotation.
Starting cornerbacks Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin both were in attendance but sitting out the practice. The defensive backs, nevertheless showed why their unit is the deepest and most experienced on the team. Third-year cornerback Reggie Corner had the pass breakup of the session, diving to bat down a pass down the seam for James Hardy from Fitzpatrick. Corner also had a diving interception of an overthrown pass for Roscoe Parrish from Brohm. Rookie receiver David Nelson ran a nice hitch route and made a catch in one-on-one drills but veteran cornerback Drayton Florence showed his savvy by poking the ball out of his hands from behind. Cornerback Ashton Youboty made an interception of a pass that was batted near the line by Bryan Scott. Edwards hit Chad Jackson down the left sideline on a good low-trajectory throw. Brohm hit Hardy on a good crossing pattern.
Not in attendance were Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Will Croner, Lee Evans, Aaron Schobel and John McCargo.