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Bandits notebook: Billy Dee is back

The Buffalo Bandits worked out for about an hour this morning at the First Niagara Center, and a significant lineup change is coming for tonight's game with the Philadelphia Wings.

Billy Dee Smith will make his 2013 debut tonight. Smith had been on the physically unable to perform list, as he had a sprained ankle suffered at work. Smith is now ready to go and will play tonight.

Smith was eligible to come off the roster because Jon Harasym will serve a two-game suspension beginning tonight. Harasym appealed the suspension and could have played last week in Rochester, but didn't.

That means the Bandits will have to sit someone who played last week against the Knighthawks to make room for Smith. That person is Jimmy Purves, who has been taking too many trips to the penalty box lately to the coaches' liking.

I'll be along tonight with a live blog of the game between the Bandits and the Wings.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.