The Buffalo Bills returned to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon to begin installing their game plan for Sunday's divisional showdown with the New England Patriots. It's early in the week, and things may change, but the Bills are looking much healthier entering this contest than they were a week ago heading into Detroit.
Three players that missed last week's win in Detroit - defensive tackle Kyle Williams, linebacker Nigel Bradham, and left guard Chris Williams - were spotted in uniform during the warm-up and stretching portion of Wednesday's practice, which reporters are allowed to take in. Matthew Fairburn and Jay Skurski were among those reporting, with the latter pointing out that Chris Williams was working with the second-team offensive line. That will be worth monitoring as the week progresses; Williams has not played since the first half of the San Diego game.
Mark Ludwiczak, meanwhile, was the first to point out that running back Fred Jackson was on the practice field as well, despite spraining his ankle in Detroit. An even bigger surprise? Ron Brooks, the reserve cornerback that was carted off the field and spent Sunday evening in a Detroit-area hospital, suited up on Wednesday, as well.
It sounds like there's one other injury situation to monitor this week, as well: safety Aaron Williams, who missed some playing time in Detroit with a wrist injury, is donning a brace this week, according to Mike Rodak.
All of those players, along with linebacker Brandon Spikes and safety Da'Norris Searcy, were limited on Wednesday. Among seven injured Bills that were to be monitored heading into Week 6, then, only one was not on the practice field on Wednesday: special teams ace Marcus Easley, who is expected to miss another two weeks, at least, with a knee injury.