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Stevie Johnson ready to jump into Bills' entertaining offense

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- Stevie Johnson was envious of how much fun his teammates seemed to have in the Buffalo Bills' first two preseason games.

Johnson, sidelined with a hamstring injury, will share in their amusement Saturday afternoon at Washington. Johnson has declared himself fit to play and said he can run any route the playbook calls for.

"I'll be out there," Johnson said after tonight's practice at St. John Fisher College. "I think I can go. I'll be good."

After two exhibitions, the Bills rank fourth in total yards at 415.5 a game and seventh in passing offense at 261 yards a game. Bills quarterbacks rank fourth with a 104.5 passer rating.

"Looking at the previous games, seeing how the team's been playing offensively and defensively," Johnson said, "it looks fun. I want to be a part of it. So I'm looking forward to playing this game."

Bills coach Doug Marrone said players coming back from injuries will be limited to a certain number of plays Saturday.

Johnson said he still feels him hamstring injury on every route he runs. He was reminded his hamstring's not fully healed when he felt a twinge early in tonight's practice and chatted with trainer Bud Carpenter before returning to drills.

"It's just a feel thing," Johnson said. "That's what it is with these hamstrings. They say it's tricky. One minute it feels great, and one minute it's all bad.

"I'll see how it is, how I'm running in the beginning of the game, warming up. If it feels like it's about to pull, then I'll pull myself out, but if not, then I'm full-go."

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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

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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