By Mark Gaughan
Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler is looking good already in his recovery from major knee surgery.
That's a big deal for the Buffalo Bills' offense, which needs all of the proven weapons it can get.
Chandler tore a knee ligament last Dec. 23 at Miami and had surgery on Jan. 9. However, he is running around well at the Bills' spring practices.
Chandler started running pass routes three weeks ago. This week, he's running routes and catching the ball. He doesn't have a helmet on and he's not participating with the team in individual or team drills. But he was catching balls from quarterback Jeff Tuel today. Chandler was running well.
"I feel good, and I'm excited for the season," Chandler said. "The injury is different than it used to be. The doctors are better. And I have to attribute some of this, I'm a Christian guy. God is the ultimate healer. Just put your faith in him and see how it goes."
Can he be ready for the start of training camp?
"I feel it's realistic," he said.
The 6-foot-7 Chandler caught 43 passes last season, tied for the second most on the team. He has six touchdown catches each of the past two seasons.
There was a lot of speculation about the Bills pursuing a proven tight end in free agency, but they did not. They did take a tight end in the draft, but not until the seventh round, picking Arkansas' Chris Gragg
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