CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Erik Pears #79 of the Buffalo Bills during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
With just five training camp practices remaining this year, the Buffalo Bills are getting a bit healthier heading into their pre-season opener against the Washington Redskins on Thursday. One player that's still missing time, right tackle Erik Pears, also has gotten a good prognosis, according to head coach Chan Gailey.
"Yeah, it looks good to be honest with you," Gailey told reporters Monday. "He saw the specialist and he gave him some things to work with, and it looks like it is going to pay dividends... I think it looks a lot better than it did three days ago. That is for sure."
David Nelson returned to practice, but did not participate in team activities and is unlikely to suit up for Thursday's game, per several reports. Torell Troup continued his up-and-down health issues, returning to team activities for a very brief period on Monday after not even being on the field for Saturday's workout.
Finally, Gailey also indicated that several of the team's projected starters that have been slowly re-incorporated into practices are unlikely to play against Washington. That list of players includes center Eric Wood, Nelson, and cornerback Terrence McGee, and will likely include Troup before the week is out, as well, though Gailey did not specifically mention Troup by name on Monday.