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Easley cleared to return in 2012

Bills receiver Marcus Easley said today he has been cleared to resume his football career and will be ready to practice and play in 2012.

Easley went on the injured reserve list right after the season opener when it was discovered he had a heart condition that prevented him from playing.

"When it first came about it was so random, it came out of nowhere," Easley said. "I've been cleared to play again. Everything's positive and I'll be back."

Easley confirmed he had a heart condition, but he would not be more specific about it, and he would not say whether it required a medical procedure to repair. He has been going to meetings with receivers and in the Bills' facility the past six weeks or so.

"I'm slowly getting back into things," he said. "I have been doing cardio work and lifting some weights. I've been here pretty much the whole time. I'm actually getting something out of it (the workouts) now. Being in the weight room and getting back to the way things are supposed to be was a relief."

Bills coach Chan Gailey also confirmed Easley will vie for a position next season: "No question," he said.

Easley was a fourth-round pick in 2010. He missed all of his rookie season with a knee injury. He showed some flashes of his ability in training camp and made the 53-man roster before his condition was discovered by team doctors.

---Mark Gaughan

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