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The Buffalo Bills began practicing for their Week 3 road tilt with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, and did so with three starters sidelined.
On offense, running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) did not practice on Wednesday. Head coach Rex Ryan implied that both star skill players were simply receiving a rest day to keep them as healthy as possible for Sunday; both players have seen ample amounts of playing time in the Bills' first two games, and that is likely to continue on Sunday.
Rex Ryan says the Bills will not practice LeSean McCoy or Percy Harvin today. "Trying to get those two ready to go on Sunday."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) September 23, 2015
Defensively, things sound less optimistic for safety Aaron Williams, who is still just three days removed from being hospitalized (as a precaution) for a neck injury suffered on Sunday against New England. Ryan has already said this week that Williams is "a stretch" to play on Sunday, and having already missed one practice, that's seeming even more likely today.
Rex on Aaron Williams: "He's stiff & sore (from neck injury). Won't practice today." #Bills— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) September 23, 2015
In a spot of good news, however, two players who had missed the first two games due to injury returned to the practice field on Wednesday: wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (ribs) and linebacker Tony Steward (knee). Both donned pads, though the extent of their participation is not yet known.
#Bills WR Marquise Goodwin returned to practice today. First time we've seen him since mid-August pic.twitter.com/wd9ae4FxdK— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) September 23, 2015