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Gailey will give starters about 20 plays in Minny

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- The Buffalo Bills concluded their public portion of training camp at St. John Fisher College tonight. They'll practice here once more Wednesday -- fans won't be allowed to attend -- before breaking for Orchard Park.

A few notes from tonight:

* Bills coach Chan Gailey revealed he is targeting 20 snaps for his starters in Friday night's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings in the Metrodome.

* Gailey also reaffirmed Vince Young will quarterback the second unit.

* Two players suffered injuries tonight that required X-rays: defensive tackle Kellen Heard (right leg) and offensive lineman James Carmon (Gailey thought it was a wrist injury).

* The Bills finished practice with a dozen Wildcat snaps for Brad Smith. "We are a lot further along as far as how to use him and what we're going to try to do with him," Gailey said of Smith afterward. "I think we have a chance to have a great little package with him. It's going to be good for us, I believe."

* Defensive end Shawne Merriman returned to practice after missing Monday's session with a tight hamstring.

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Tim Graham

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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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