The Buffalo Bills returned to the practice field on Sunday afternoon, holding their thirteenth training camp practice. With one preseason game in the books, there was some movement in terms of players taking reps with different units. Throw in some injury scares and another fight, and this practice was full of intrigue.
Here are the top stories from the day.
Peterman, McCarron both injured
It’s never a good day when a quarterback is hurt at practice. When two quarterbacks are hurt, it’s definitely scary, regardless of the severity of the injuries. Nathan Peterman and AJ McCarron each had separate injury scares on Sunday, and while it’s too early to have heard much about either player, neither injury seemed to be particularly serious.
McCarron hurt his lower right leg, either his Achilles or his ankle, when he was sacked in the latter half of practice. He stayed down on the ground and was clearly upset, slamming his helmet to the turf at one point. He was able to return to practice, but he was limping noticeably for the remainder of the session. After practice, he did not go for extra treatment, instead spending time with his wife and son on the practice field, according to John Wawrow. If the injury were serious, one would assume McCarron would not have done that.
Nathan Peterman took a tumble after a handoff, and he seemed to injure his throwing arm in the process. He walked off the field flexing his elbow, and while he did not appear in another 11-on-11 rep, he was spotted throwing with the Bills’ training staff after the injury occurred.
Kyle Williams threw punches
There’s a headline I never thought I’d write.
Williams, the beloved veteran, was involved in a fracas during the middle portion of practice. He was on the ground throwing punches at offensive linemen. Jordan Mills seemed to be the root of the defense’s frustration, as he and Jerry Hughes had to be separated after the scrum was contained. Mills had his helmet off and he was screaming expletives at Hughes as he walked off the field.
This is not the first time Mills has been involved in a training camp fistfight this summer, as it seems that the veteran offensive lineman has been at the center of each camp fight so far. Jerry Hughes is a regular in these scrums, and if it isn’t Jerry, it’s most certainly Gary. The real surprise combatant here is Williams.
Non-quarterback injury updates
Defensive end Trent Murphy was back at practice. He worked through individual drills early in the session before resuming his role as the starting left defensive end in the team portion of practice. He had been nursing a groin injury for the better part of the last week.
Defensive tackle Harrison Phillips had a gaudy ice pack on his arm, but he still practiced. He ran with the first team in place of Star Lotulelei, who did not participate today. He was resting a back injury suffered against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
Wide receiver Zay Jones was still wearing the red non-contact jersey today, but he practiced more than he has, and he even took plenty of reps with the first team today. He caught a long pass from Nathan Peterman that would have gone for a 90-yard touchdown in a game situation. Brandon Reilly sat out of practice with a rib injury he suffered against Carolina.
Odds and ends
Corey Coleman saw some first-team reps today, but most of his time was still with the third team. He didn’t take any reps when the team did hurry-up drills, which makes perfect sense given the need to become more comfortable with the playbook...Josh Allen saw reps with the first team, and he also had his first second-team rep. All three quarterbacks worked in with the first team today...tight end Jason Croom saw time with the first team today, and Khari Lee was elevated to the second team. Nick O’Leary ran with the third team...Ray-Ray McCloud was a mainstay with the second unit, moving up after a strong outing against Carolina.