Out since leaving a Week 5 loss to the San Francisco 49ers with a knee injury, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson has returned to the practice field today as preparations began for this Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Anderson, the team's "other" free agent pass rusher signing this past off-season, has missed eight consecutive games since a torn lateral meniscus required not one, but two surgeries to correct over the past two months. Bills head coach Chan Gailey would only go as far as saying that Anderson has a "slight" chance to play against Seattle, however, so that consecutive games missed streak seems likely to reach nine.
With Anderson out of the lineup, the Bills have had a bit of a revolving door situation across from Mario Williams - and that situation only resolved itself after Chris Kelsay landed on IR with a neck injury. Kyle Moore, who spent the first four weeks of the season on the inactive list as a healthy scratch, has more defensive end snaps than any other player aside from Williams this season.
It's looking possible, however, that Anderson will get one or two games under his belt before the 2012 season comes to a close.
Two other opening-day starters appear to be on the upswing from their respective injuries, as well. Aaron Williams, once a starting cornerback, is practicing for a third straight week and may be ready to return to live game action on Sunday. Eric Wood, meanwhile, is not practicing - but that didn't stop Gailey from telling reporters that the center is "getting closer," and that he has not yet been ruled out of the team's final two regular season games.