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Day 14: Bills deal with the elements

By Jay Skurski

PITTSFORD -- The Buffalo Bills didn't have to dunk a football into a bucket of water to practice with a wet ball this afternoon at St. John Fisher College.

Mother Nature took care of that for them. Heavy rain began to fall with about 45 minutes remaining in the practice session, downpouring at times.

"It's not something you want to do, but it's good for us. You need a day like that so you can handle a wet ball and everybody can talk about ball security on offense, and you can talk about striping the ball out on defense. It was good for us," coach Chan Gailey said.

So how did the coach think they handled it?

"Pretty good. I think we had one ball on the ground out there. We practiced a lot of different situations from our Wildcat to our goal line to the regular offense. I thought we handled it well," he said.

Before the rain came, Vince Young hit Scott Chandler for a 20-yard touchdown on the quarterback's first throw during 7-on-7 work. Other highlights: Ron Brooks intercepted Tyler Thigpen, snatching the ball away from receiver Kamar Aiken, who bobbled it. ... Young sold a fake handoff well and took off on a bootleg around the right side for a nice game. ... Safety George Wilson leaped in the air at the line of scrimmage to bat away a throw by Ryan Fitzpatrick. The ball nearly was intercepted by linebacker Arthur Moats before falling incomplete. The Bills ended practice with some goal-line work, during which running back Fred Jackson scored after taking a direct snap.

Not practicing today were safety Josh Nesbitt, cornerback Justin Rogers and tight end Kevin Brock. All three are expected to miss Friday's second preseason game in Minnesota.

Gailey said Rogers is the closest to returning. Brock is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Defensive tackle Spencer Johnson did not participate in team drills because of a bruised shoulder.

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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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