ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: David Nelson #86 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates a win over the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Nelson caught the game winning touchdown pass as Buffalo won 38-35. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Despite the ugly game played on Thursday night, there is one good bit of news and that's the injury report. While players around the league suffered injuries that will keep them out for weeks, the Buffalo Bills suffered no such setbacks.
The majority of Buffalo's injuries were pre-existing, and most of the Bills were back on the practice field Saturday night despite being out Thursday. Eric Wood won't be back for the second pre-season game, but should be healthy enough to go for the third, according to head coach Chan Gailey. Erik Pears returned to team work tonight, running at first team right tackle, while David Nelson was limited, saying the training staff is telling him to be smart.
"I am still not 100 percent, but then again I guess you are never 100 percent in the season," Nelson said after practice on Saturday. "I just have to push through it and continue to move on. And it will get better as we go, and I just felt good to be out there with the guys."
Defensive lineman Torell Troup saw his most extensive practice time of training camp on Saturday aiming to make a final push for the roster, while Spencer Johnson was limited with a "banged up shoulder," per Gailey. Justin Rogers was limited on Saturday, and Terrence McGee got some team work in, but was still limited and nursing a knee injury. Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard was limited in his work both in the game on Thursday and in Saturday's practice.
"He has that same issue that is bothering him," said Gailey of Sheppard. "He is in and out. I think long term he will be fine."
The only significant injury news was the release of undrafted free agent running back Chris Douglas. Douglas was placed on injured reserve on August 3, but he and the team reached am injury settlement on Friday.