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Night practice No. 1

There was a good crowd of at least 1,500 in the stands at St. John Fisher for the first night practice of Bills camp Friday. Trent Edwards looked sharp in 7 on 7 drills, hitting Lee Evans, James Hardy, Stevie Johnson twice and then Jonathan Stupar over the deep middle on a pinpoint throw. The offense looked very good in the morning, creating good running lanes for the team's hard-running backs. The defense, however, got the better of 11 on 11 team work in the evening session. Pass rushers put a lot of heat on the quarterbacks. Aaron Maybin was in the backfield frequently, and tackles Jamon Meredith and Ed Wang were among those who took their lumps. Demetrius Bell was rested entirely in the evening session. Bell worked in pads in position drills but not full squad drills the first two sessions of camp.

Rian Lindell made 7 of 8 field-goal attempts, including his last two, from 50 and 53 yards.

"The execution was there more on defense than it was on offense tonight," said coach Chan Gailey. "I thought our guys rushed the passer pretty well. They got off on the ball better tonight than they had before. I thought there was some quickness."

Gailey was asked if he talked to the team at all about the morning scuffle between Maybin and Geoff Hangartner: "No I didn't talk about it. That's part of football. If you've got passion about the game it's going to come out. Sometimes it comes out the wrong way. If it becomes an issue then you have to talk about it because it becomes an issue for a ballgame and you don't want it to show up in a ballgame. ... Do you like to see it? I don't think I'd say I like to see it. I think it's part of the game. I've been in 'em. Everybody that's played the game has been in 'em. It just comes with the territory."

Gailey said linebacker Keith Ellison has a short term injury and should be back sometime this coming week. He said Chris Kelsay's shoulder injury is short-term also. Defensive end Spencer Johnson left the field during the night session. Gailey said that's a "few days, a week at the most."

Former Bills guard Jerry Ostroski, who started 102 games for Buffalo from 1994 to 2001, was on the sidelines watching the team. Ostroski coaches the offensive line for a high school team in Tulsa, Okla. He also does a sports radio show one day a week in Tulsa.

---Mark Gaughan

 

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