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Buffalo Bills injury update: Zay Jones cleared for contact

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AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman are back at practice, as is Star Lotulelei.

The Buffalo Bills had plenty of positive news coming out of Rochester Monday morning, as multiple players who were dealing with injuries were cleared for practice.

Wide receiver Zay Jones, who had been participating in only non-contact drills since returning from offseason knee surgery, sported the blue full-contact jersey at practice for the first time this summer. He had been wearing only the red non-contact jersey so far. Adding him into a suddenly-crowded competition at wide receiver makes for some intrigue regarding the division of reps throughout the practice week leading up to Buffalo’s second preseason game, this one against the Cleveland Browns.

Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei injured his back in the preseason opener against his former team, the Carolina Panthers, last Thursday night. He sat out of practice Sunday, but he dressed for practice this morning. Harrison Phillips had been running with the first team in Lotulelei’s absence.

Both AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman were injured at different points during Sunday’s practice, but both quarterbacks were back this morning participating fully. McCarron had his ankle stepped on while taking what would have been a sack during a pass attempt, and after coming to the sideline for a bit, he returned to practice Sunday. While he participated for the rest of the day, he was gimpy for the rest of the session. Peterman tripped over a running back, falling to the turf while executing a handoff. He seemed to injure his throwing arm in the process; however, he was seen throwing with trainers for the remainder of the practice session. While he did not return to the team portion of practice yesterday, he is back today.

WKBW’s Joe Buscaglia reports that the only two Bills not practicing today are wide receiver Brandon Reilly (ribs) and defensive tackle Marquavious Lewis (ankle). This means that undrafted free agent receiver Cam Phillips (groin) is back today. He had been having a great camp before injuring himself ore than a week ago.