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Gailey: Mark Anderson should be back next week

By Tim Graham

(Correction: An earlier version of this blog stated Erik Pears would play Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bills coach Chan Gailey was referring to Eric Wood.)

Some notes from today's practice at One Bills Drive for you to mull while I write the main Buffalo Bills story for Thursday's print editions of The Buffalo News:

Defensive end Mark Anderson missed his third straight practice with a groin injury and will not play Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills coach Chan Gailey said Anderson is expected to be back for next week's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions.

Right tackle Erik Pears also missed practice to rest his sports-hernia issue. His status for Saturday night hasn't been declared, but it doesn't look like he'll play.

Gailey said center Eric Wood will see roughly 20 plays with the starting unit against Pittsburgh. Wood played about half as many against the Minnesota Vikings last Friday night.

Brad Smith did not wear the red no-contact quarterback jersey for a third straight day and instead worked out with the receivers again. Fans shouldn't read too much into this development. Gailey is running this week's practice schedule as though it's the regular season. The third quarterback generally runs the scout team, simulating the upcoming opponent's offense. Tyler Thigpen has been doing that this week. Smith might as well get some reps with the receivers.

The Bills waived defensive backs Josh Nesbitt and Cris Hill before practice. Both were injured. The roster has 86 players on it, including tight end Mike Caussin on the physically unable-to-perform list.

Clubs must trim their rosters to 75 players by Monday. Rosters must get down to 53 players by Aug. 31.

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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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