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Day 9: C.J. Spiller rips off runs to highlight offensive plays

By Mark Gaughan

PITTSFORD -- C.J. Spiller was off and running during Buffalo Bills practice Wednesday morning.

The speedy back ripped off runs of 10 yards or more on each of his first three carries during the 11-on-11 session of practice, held before a crowd of about 300 at St. John Fisher College. He also broke a long gainer around left end of 30 yards or more.

EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel split snaps at quarterback with Kevin Kolb still excused from practice. Manuel had 34 snaps and tuel 38, by unofficial count.

Manuel had a nice deep throw for Da'Rick Rogers early that went incomplete. It looked like interference on Stephon Gilmore in coverage but no flag was thrown.

Alex Carrington stuffed a Tashard Choice run. Kyle Williams broke through against the second offensive line for a stuff. Tuel had a good deep sideline throw for Marquise Goodwin, but the receiver what would have been a bit of a tough catch. There were a couple of sacks on blitzes. Jerry Hughes had another sack when Spiller couldn't get the blitz pickup on him in the backfield.

In one-one-one pass rushing drills, Mario Williams looked strong on two bull-rushes. Cordy Glenn shut down a Kyle Williams bull rush. Sam Young had a good set in stopping Kourtnei Brown. Brown came back to beat Tony Hills inside. Antoine Caldwell shut down Jay Ross.

The punting competition remains close. Shawn Powell and Brian Stahovich booted into the wind from deep in their own territory. Powell hit two very good ones, a third decent one despite a bad snap and one poor punt. Stahovich hit three good ones and one mediocre ball.

Besides Kolb, also not practicing were: Stevie Johnson, Kevin Elliott, Leodis McKelvin, Justin Rogers, Zach Brown, Keith Pough, Aaron Tipoti, Keith Williams and Mike Caussin. Coach Doug Marrone said McKelvin was a little sore after the scrimmage Monday.

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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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