INJURIES ABOUND AS BILLS OPEN CAMP KELLY'S HAMSTRING, BURTON'S LEFT KNEE TOP CASUALTY LIST - The Buffalo News

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INJURIES ABOUND AS BILLS OPEN CAMP KELLY'S HAMSTRING, BURTON'S LEFT KNEE TOP CASUALTY LIST

Casualties were everywhere on the first day of practice at the Buffalo Bills' training camp.

Some caused temporary anxiety, such as when quarterback Jim Kelly hobbled off the field midway through the morning session with a pulled hamstring that was later described as slight.

Some caused great concern, such as when offensive guard Leonard Burton went down in a heap in the same workout with a knee injury that appeared more serious.

And some caused laughter, such as when linebacker Ray Bentley explained the nasty looking cut in the middle of his forehead.

"We were in our pool last Friday, and my daughter (7-year-old Alaina) threw a snorkel at me," Bentley said with a sheepish grin. "No fooling. The snorkel's made of hard plastic, it has a sharp tip and it stuck right in my head.

"Why did she throw it? I was teasing her a little bit too much about something, and, well, I guess she has her mother's temper."

As a result of the injury, which required two stitches, Bentley was one of five players sidelined for the morning workout at Fredonia State College. He returned to the field in the afternoon, but will be on a limited practice schedule for the next few days to prevent the stitches from tearing loose.

None of the other physical problems was considered severe -- right defensive end Bruce Smith has his usual buildup of fluid on the knee and will practice only once a day; left end Leon Seals is still recovering from off-season arthroscopic surgery on both knees and should return to action in about a week; center Kent Hull has a sore back from lifting weights that will sideline him for a couple of days; offensive tackle Howard Ballard developed fluid on the knee in the morning and sat out the afternoon session, and linebacker Matt Monger has a minor strain of a leg muscle that has bothered him since last week.

Burton's injury was to his left knee. He was scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination Monday night, but the results weren't going to be available until today.

Less than two weeks into last year's training camp, Burton suffered an injury to his right knee that sidelined him for the rest of the season. He had entered camp as the Bills' top candidate to start at right guard, but after the injury, John Davis took over, played exceptionally well and now has a lock on the spot.

Kelly threw passes Monday afternoon, but was out of pads.

He first developed a twinge in his right hamstring while running two weeks ago with Rusty Jones, the Bills' strength and conditioning coordinator. After aggravating it Monday morning, he limped to the sidelines where trainers strapped a large ice bag to the back of his right leg.

"It's fine," Kelly said. "I'll probably be out for a couple days, but it's no big deal.

"I guess I just overdid it a little bit in practice. But it felt good to get back out there and get things started again. I was ready to start the day after the Super Bowl. If you aren't hungry, you shouldn't be out there.

"But I was supposed to be limited as far as how much I pushed off (his right leg while throwing) and I hurt it. It's going to be all right, though."

Bentley took his share of kidding about the injury from teammates and coaches.

"Gee," said head coach Marv Levy with a smile, "I thought he got mugged by a bunch of bikers."

But Bentley was a good sport about it.

"I came to training camp to heal up," he said. "It's rough around my house."

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