Bills rookie wide receiver David Nelson suffered an injury to his lower right leg during Tuesday's practice at St. John Fisher College. Coach Chan Gailey said after practice the injury is not long term but could last several weeks.
"It doesn’t look good. But I don’t think it’s long term," Gailey said. "The question will be whether he gets back for the first of the season or not."
The 6-foot-5 Nelson was undrafted out of the University of Florida but has had a good showing in both spring workouts and training camp. He has looked like one of the top five receivers on the team in camp and has a good chance to make the 53-man roster. He has worked a lot as a slot receiver, giving the Bills a big alternative in that position to small, speedy Roscoe Parrish, who figures to see a good amount of actioin in the slot.
Nelson was hurt after he caught a pass near the goal line from rookie Levi Brown. He seemed to turn awkwardly on the foot as he went to the ground.
Elsewhere on the injury front, free safety Jairus Byrd missed practice due to what Gailey termed a minor physical ailment.
Also sitting out was receiver James Hardy, who was injured on Aug. 10 and who will miss Thursday's game against Indianapolis. The injury to Nelson should give Hardy even more snaps to make an impression over the last two preseason games. Also sitting out were Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Ed Wang, Jon Corto and John Destin.