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David Nelson hurt, but not serious

By Mark Gaughan

PITTSFORD -- The Buffalo Bills had a scary moment midway through Saturday's padded practice when slot receiver David Nelson went down after banging his knee with another player on an innocent-looking incompletion in the flat.

Bills coach Chan Gailey, however, said the injury does not appear serious.

"They said it's like a bruise," Gailey said. "They don't think it's any kind of ligaments or anything like that. We'll see what the determination is tomorrow, probably."

Nelson sat in the end zone behind the practice session for several minutes but was able to walk off the field and into the locker room under his own power.

Elsewhere on the injury front, defensive end Shawne Merriman did not participate in practice due to a sore ankle.

"He rolled an ankle yesterday late," Gailey said. "He taped it up and finished but we held him out today. He went through the walk-through this morning so it's not like it's a hobbling thing. We're gonna make sure he's ready to go before we bring him back."

Right tackle Erik Pears sat out due to a sore groin. "They don't think it's much but they were being precautionary and we'll see how soon we can get him back," Gailey said. "Hopefully tomorrow night, if not Monday."

Defensive tackle Kellen Heard walked off and into the locker room early in the session. His injury might be more significant.

"Kellen's ankle bothered him all offseason," Gailey said. "They're going to run some more tests. They don't know exactly what's wrong with that."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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