Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson was helped off the field by trainers near the end of training camp practice on Friday. We're not likely to know the extent of the injury for a little while, but Johnson went to the ground while running a route during the team portion of drills, with WGRZ's Jonah Javad capturing this quick video of Johnson holding his left hamstring:
Stevie Johnson holding his left hamstring in pain. #billscamp https://t.co/iwFk49ZcWF— Jonah Javad (@JonahJavad) August 2, 2013
Again, this story is still developing, but the reactions of reporters on the scene didn't sound good. We'll keep you updated as we hear more. While we're on the topic of injuries: tight end Mike Caussin also left practice early, and wideout Kevin Elliott had his arm in a sling after injuring his shoulder on Wednesday. As for the rest of today's practice...
More side work for Mario
Just like on Wednesday, Mario Williams was in full pads for today's practice (and even participated in part of the walkthrough portion of the session, according to WKBW's Jeff Russo), but when the hitting commenced he was once again on the sidelines, riding a stationary bike and working with trainers. It appears that more rest is in order for his left foot.
Kyle returns to team work
For the first time this year, Kyle Williams participated in full-team activities. He lined up with the first-team defense in 11-on-11 work, per WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia, and while his reps there were still limited, it's another sign of progress - and a significant one at that - as Williams makes his way back from off-season foot surgery.
Even better: Williams apparently looked very good in his limited time on the field.
More first-team work for Manuel
Effusive praise will continue to be heaped on rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, who took another step in his development plan from Bills coaches by participating in 11-on-11 work with the first team later in practice, which had not been happening in the first four practices of camp. (Typically he'd take early reps, then Kevin Kolb would handle the majority of the first-team work from that point forward.)
Several reporters were also quick to point out that Manuel ended today's practice on a high note by throwing a perfect deep ball to rookie Marquise Goodwin for a touchdown. And yes, the coaches are beginning to show him more complicated defensive looks in the practice setting, as well.
A look at the final play of practice. EJ bomb to Marquise Goodwin to close it out with a TD. #Buffalo #Bills pic.twitter.com/Ey4CISF7zg— Jeremy White (@JeremyWGR) August 2, 2013
Legursky the first-team left guard
After Bills head coach Doug Marrone very publicly called out the contestants in the left guard competition after Wednesday's practice, Doug Legursky worked ahead of Colin Brown at that spot with the first-team offense on Friday. That development was not particularly surprising - Legursky had already begun stealing reps from Brown earlier this week - but we did not see anyone at camp mention another name thrown into the mix at that spot, as Marrone suggested might happen on Wednesday. We'll see if that changes in the coming days, but for now, it still looks like Brown and Legursky are the two main contenders.
We'll have more from practice as we see it, but all of the major stories from this morning's session are covered here.