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Bills give their 3-4 front reps

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills worked a fair amount on the running game in Tuesday's practice, so we got to see their 3-4 alignment in action. 

Several key players were not on the field, including starting defensive lineman Kyle Williams, strong-side linebacker Manny Lawson and defensive end Alan Branch. Williams is rehabilitating from offseason surgery and was in attendance.

Nevertheless, here's how they lined up: It was Alex Carrington, Marcell Dareus and Jay Ross (subbing for Williams) on the defensive line, with Mario Williams and rookie Keith Pough at outside linebackers and rookie Kiko Alonso and Bryan Scott at inside linebacker. Don't read too much into some of the starters. They were rotating. During 11-on-11 drills, Nigel Bradham and Arthur Moats played with the first unit at inside linebacker. Marcus Dowtin rotated in at strong side linebacker.

The second-team defense for part of the 11-on-11 drills included Torell Troup, Jarron Gilbert and Corbin Bryant on the defensive line, with Chris White and Jerry Hughes at outside backers (White at strong side), and Scott and Alonso on the inside.

On the offensive line, right tackle Erik Pears was watching, so Chris Hairston was in the starting lineup. Cordy Glenn was at left tackle, Eric Wood at center and Kriag Urbik at right guard. The left guard? Chris Scott took the reps with the first unit early in Tuesday's session. Sam Young worked with the first unit at left guard later on.

The second O-line to start out was, from left to right, Thomas Welch, Young, David Snow, Colin Brown and Hutch Eckerson. Second-year man Zebrie Sanders still is rehabilitating from injury, as well.

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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 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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