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Bills training camp: Spencer Brown finally working into team drills

The right tackle is back in the starting lineup

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Buffalo Bills tackle Spencer Brown has been dressed for every training camp practice, but he’s been absent from 11-on-11 work all summer. While working his way back from an offseason back issue, he’s only been doing individual work and one-on-ones to this point.

Head coach Sean McDermott said before Monday’s practice that he was trending in the right direction. He didn’t take every first-team rep during 11-on-11, but taking a few is more than he has done all camp. Getting more reps is going to be key for the second-year player, who showed flashes last year but fell off a bit as the season wore on.

It’s been almost three months since Brown’s procedure. If he gets back into the starting lineup by the second or third preseason game, that’s a pretty realistic timetable for full participation.

In his place, Tommy Doyle and David Quessenberry have been taking the first-team reps.

Brown’s return comes on the heels of Rodger Saffold’s activation from the NFI list. Saffold cracked his ribs in a car accident prior to camp and is working his way back, as well. McDermott said his conditioning suffered as a result of the accident, and he’s been receiving limited snaps, as well.