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NO DIAGNOSIS YET ON EVERETT INJURY

Buffalo Bills rookie tight end Kevin Everett was on crutches as he watched the second day of minicamp. Everett injured his left knee during the team portion of Friday's practice.

Bills coach Mike Mularkey is still not certain how badly Everett was hurt.

"He's got some swelling in it," Mularkey said after the Saturday afternoon session. "We're going to wait for that to go down, which I'm hoping is by the early part of the week, and re-evaluate it and see what the extent of the injury is."

The Bills have no immediate plans to sign another tight end, even though the position is thin right now with Everett joining Mark Campbell and Tim Euhus on the injury list.

The Bills brought in free agent tight ends Fred Baxter and Marcellus Rivers for visits prior to the draft but didn't ready a deal with either player.

Also on the injury front, wide receiver Josh Reed was held out of both workouts Saturday with a sore back. Tight end Ryan Neufeld is out this weekend with a slightly strained groin muscle and defensive tackle Lauvale Sape is inactive because of a mild calf muscle strain.

Mularkey said the players' ailments are not serious, adding that there is no urgency for them to participate because this minicamp is mainly an introduction for the new players.

"This is not about trying to make the team," Mularkey said. "Some of these guys, we want to make sure that we're smart with them at this point of the year. When we get to the OTAs (organized team activities) we're hoping to have more bodies and healthier bodies."

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This minicamp is the rookies' first taste of professional football. Once they arrived, it didn't take long for them to realize they weren't in college anymore.

The practices this weekend are nothing like training camp or the regular season, but the rookies are being challenged to keep up with the rapid pace of each drill.

"The difference between college and here is night and day," explained wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, the Bills' second round draft pick. "The periods move real quickly, there's less mistakes, they do it one time, not really over and over again. So the intensity of the practice goes by real fast. So you have to know what you're doing (because) they move on to the next play as quickly as possible."

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The Bills will likely have a scrimmage this summer. It just won't be against the Cleveland Browns.

The Bills are in the process of working on a deal to work out against another team. An official announcement could come in the next couple of weeks.

The Bills and Browns have conducted one double practice session followed by a controlled scrimmage the week before the first preseason game for the last four years. It was Cleveland's turn to host this summer, but new Browns coach Romeo Crennel canceled it because he wants additional time to install his offensive and defensive systems.

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As they begin their NFL careers, Parrish and Everett are doing what they can to help each other. The former University of Miami teammates have been spending some late nights learning the Bills' playbook and quizzing each other on various schemes and assignments.

"That's a good thing for me and Kevin because (Thursday night) we studied together and we encouraged each other," Parrish said. "When I was tired, he said, 'Come on Roscoe, we've got to keep on going. We've got to know these plays.' "

Parrish and Everett said the pace of minicamp is faster than in college, but the biggest challenge is digesting a bigger and more extensive playbook.

"It's not overwhelming, but it's a whole lot of stuff you've got to learn," Everett said Friday. "It's nothing I haven't experienced before. Going into Miami coming from junior college I had to learn a lot, so I've got to do that same thing here."

Parrish and Everett are also relying on another former Hurricane, Bills running back Willis McGahee, for advice.

"He let us know what to expect and what not to expect," Parrish said. "That's good we've got a veteran guy here because he gives us a heads up on things that are going on around here."

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