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Bills vs. Patriots Practice Report: Brad Smith Sits

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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Brad Smith #16 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02: Brad Smith #16 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Brad Smith missed practice on Wednesday as he rests up hip and hamstring injuries, the latter of which is giving him the most problems going into a Week 17 tilt with the New England Patriots.

It's been a weird season from Smith, a free agent signing from the New York Jets this past July. He started the season as a kick returner and Wildcat runner, and saw limited opportunities with only moderate success in that capacity. Then injuries forced him to move full-time to receiver, where he's followed up a three-game outburst (14 catches, 184 yards ans a score from Weeks 11-13) with a crash back to earth (four catches, 13 yards in his last three games).

Now, Smith - who signed a four-year, $15 million contract with Buffalo - may end his first season with the Bills on the inactive list. Just like he needed to do (and didn't) with C.J. Spiller a year ago, Chan Gailey has his work cut out for him finding a role for Smith heading into 2012.

In addition to Smith, Demetrius Bell (knee) and Kraig Urbik (knee) both missed practice, while Ruvell Martin (hamstring) was limited.