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Long road for Bills TE Chandler

Tight end Scott Chandler went above the call of duty in showing up for the Buffalo Bills' players-only workouts Tuesday and Wednesday.

Chandler's plane flight out of Iowa was cancelled on Sunday. So he drove 12 hours to get to Elma to be with his teammates.

"I was supposed to fly in on Sunday but there was tornadoes and stuff in Iowa, so all my flights got cancelled," Chandler said. "They couldn't get me out here 'till Wednesday. So I just packed up the car and drove."

"It’s probably 10 1-2 (hours), but they’re doing all these construction projects on Interstate 80 and Interstate 90 right now, so I caught quite a bit of that," he said.

Chandler was claimed by the Bills off waivers from Dallas on Dec. 3. He was active for the last four games of last season and started the season-finale against the New York Jets. He originally was a fourth-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in 2007. He's 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds.

"Any chance I can get to get some camaraderie going with these guys is good," Chandler said. "I was only here a month last year so I'm still getting to know guys. Throwing with Fitz is something that's vital. Usually we'd be doing that this time of year. so any chance I can get to get together with him and throw is something I'm going to take advantage of. ... I just want these guys to know that I'm all in here."

Chandler left late in the morning Wednesday to get back to Iowa to celebrate his daughter's birthday.

---Mark Gaughan

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