Buffalo Bills training camp 2013: Day 1 practice recap

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Buffalo Bills training camp is underway, and we're relieved to report that there is tangible, hard football news to discuss again.

The first night practice of 2013 Buffalo Bills training camp is in the books, and you're thirsty for news. Here's the latest and most relevant bits of information coming from St. John Fisher in the wake of the first practice:

QB1 race has an expiration date

New Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters (via WGR 550's Howard Simon) that he'd like to name a starter 10-12 days prior to the regular season opener. Kevin Kolb ran with the ones tonight, but E.J. Manuel will be hot on his heels. Read more on this story at the link above.

Left guard wide open, too

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News tweeted the news first: Colin Brown ran with the first-unit offensive line at left guard, with veteran Doug Legursky following him there on the second unit. Graham was quick to point out that the first-unit reps may just be "ceremonial," and that much like the quarterback position, we're likely to see reps split.

Rogers runs with the ones

In a slight upset, Justin Rogers ran with the ones at cornerback ahead of Leodis McKelvin, according to Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News. Before you go reading into that and making assumptions about McKelvin, however, keep this in mind: he spent much of the spring months recovering from off-season groin surgery, and may simply be a bit behind as a result.

Mario misses team work

Mario Williams followed up a tumultuous off-season by missing the team portions of the first camp practice. Marrone told reporters that Williams had reported a "sore foot," and that the injury was being evaluated by the team's medical staff. Reporters on hand indicated that the ailment did not appear to be serious. John Wawrow of the Associated Press already has the story.

Ross the surprising name early

Keep your eyes on reserve defensive lineman Jay Ross, who may have an early lead in the race for one or two available reserve defensive line spots. WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia reported via Twitter that with Kyle Williams (foot) and Marcell Dareus (undisclosed) limited - Williams didn't take any team reps, while Dareus took one in three - Ross was the playing time beneficiary. When Dareus was off the field, Ross was a first-team defensive end, with Alan Branch at nose and Alex Carrington on the other side. When Dareus was on the field, No. 99 was the nose, flanked by Branch and Ross - so he may even be ahead of Carrington at this point, too.

We'll continue to add to this post as more news trickles in, and Web Rumblings will cover the rest in the morning. Football is back!

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