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Ron Brooks returns to practice today

By Jay Skurski

Ron Brooks is eligible to return to practice today, although the Buffalo Bills' rookie cornerback will not be eligible to play until after the team returns from its bye week.

Brooks became the first Bills player -- and one of the first in the NFL -- to go on the injured reserve's designated-for-return list, a new league rule this season. He has sat out the required six weeks of practice.

"We think we'll get him back to practice Wednesday, so that'll be a positive," coach Chan Gailey said at the start of the week.

Before suffering a foot injury near the end of the preseason that required surgery, Brooks, a fourth-round draft pick in April, was serving a key coverage role on special teams. He'll also provide valuable depth at a position where injuries are not uncommon.

The first game Brooks can play in is in Week Nine at Houston. 

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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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