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Big Al to test centers

Bills backup center Sean Allen could face a tougher-than-usual test when he gets into the preseason opener against the Washington Redskins Friday night.

That's because two-time Pro Bowler Big Al Haynesworth is running with the second team at the moment. Free-agent acquisition Maake Kemoeatu, formerly of the Panthers, will start at nose tackle for Washington. Haynesworth will relieve Kemoeatu. The Bills' starters are expected to play a little longer than normal for the first preseason game, according to coach Chan Gailey. That could mean starting Bills center Geoff Hangartner could play a quarter. He might play into the second quarter. If Kemoeatu plays more than a series, Allen could wind up going head-to-head with Big Al. Allen is an undrafted rookie who started 30 games in his career at East Carolina.

Kirk Chambers, who is expected to start the game for the Bills at right tacke in place of injured Cornell Green, faces a tough matchup, too. He will line up against outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who had 11 sacks and went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie last year.

---Mark Gaughan


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