Pittsford (WKBW) The Bills opened the final week of practice at St. John Fisher College with only two quarterbacks on the field. Rookie EJ Manuel was back on campus but did not attend the Bills morning practice. Head Coach Doug Marrone says that the procedure done on Manuel's knee went well. "The message that I’ve gotten from the doctor is that everything looked great.", said Marrone.
The Bills had ruled Manuel out for the remainder of the preseason on Sunday but Marrone shared a more optimistic time frame on Monday. "I'm actually looking forward to seeing what the doctor says to see if it will be shorter. Prior to the preseason.", said Marrone" "My message from the doctor is that everything went great. EJ is here, he’s at camp. We are just keeping him, after a minor procedure, off his feet for the first 48 hours, but we’re making sure he gets his meetings, gets his tape. We’re going try and get him out there as soon as possible to try and get him out there as soon as possible.", Marrone continued.
The Bills also took to the field on Monday without Kicker Rian Lindell on the roster for the first time since 2003. The veteran was released after 10 years with the franchise. Lindell was the longest tenured player on the roster and sits second in franchise history in points and field goals made behind Steve Christie. Lindell was let go in favor of rookie Dustin Hopkins. The strong legged, sixth round pick out of Florida State has been impressive this summer. "It’s an honor and a blessing to be here", said Hopkins. "But at the same time, it’s kind of the bad part about pro sports, kind of parting with a guy I have a lot of respect for and have admired watching for a long time, and has meant so much to the community.", continued Hopkins who said that Lindell was the first person to contact him with the news.
-Other TC Notes:
-WR Stevie Johnson looked strong working through team drills on Monday. Johnson has missed the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury but Head Coach Doug Marrone says he's more optimistic that Stevie will play against the Redskins on Saturday.
-Aaron WIlliams continues to impress in his transition to safety. Williams had an interception in the early going of practice. He continues to be in the right place at the right time. Williams picked off Kevin Kolb in the early going on Monday on a ball that bounced off the hands of Stevie Johnson. Williams returned it for the would be touchdown.
-Marrone used a break in practice on Monday to address both his offense and defense separately. He said after practice that he wasn't happy with the focus in the early going of the workout and asked his players to push through. Players are really in grind mode right now in the final week of training camp.
-Two more practices for the Bills here at St. John Fisher. Tuesday the team goes under the lights for the final time. The Bills then wrap up camp with an afternoon practice on Wednesday.