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Kyle Williams using caution in comeback

Kyle Williams' recovery from surgery to remove a bone spur that was causing discomfort around his Achilles tendon continues to progress.

Williams last week began taking team reps during organized team activities for the Buffalo Bills. The defensive tackle continued that work Tuesday as the Bills conducted their fourth of 10 such sessions on the team's grass practice field.

"Just a few plays here and there, but it's good to get out there and get moving around, for sure," he said after the workout.

Williams received clearance to resume team work from the doctor who performed his surgery, Charlotte, N.C.-based Robert Anderson.

"He's the best," Williams said of his doctor. "[I've] had good results from it.

"As the day goes on it does get a little fatigued, but that's part of the getting-stronger process. I'll get sore at night, but they said that's how it's going to be. While I'm working, it's been all right."

Williams' Achilles was actually detached and repaired during the surgery. The Bills are taking it slow with his recovery, with the goal remaining for him to be 100 percent when training camp starts next month.

"It's a slow process and we want to be extremely cautious, but yeah we're trying to be smart and let him play when he can," coach Chan Gailey said.

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Running back Fred Jackson and punter Brian Moorman will be serving up coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. this morning at the Tim Hortons at 1777 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda as part of the restaurant chain's largest annual fundraiser, Camp Day.

All proceeds from coffee sales will go to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, helping to send more than 15,000 economically disadvantaged children on a camping trip.

In addition, new University at Buffalo Athletic Director Danny White will serve coffee at the Tim Hortons located at 3394 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

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Not practicing for the Bills on Tuesday were: WR Stevie Johnson, QB Tyler Thigpen, CB Terrence McGee, DB Delano Howell, CB Cris Hill, C Eric Wood, DT Kellen Heard, RT Erik Pears, TE Mike Caussin, TE Fendi Onobun and DT Torell Troup.

Johnson, Thigpen, McGee, Hill, Caussin, Onobun and Troup were seen at the practice, working out on the side.

Thigpen is expected to miss this week with a strained abdominal, but Gailey said he expects him to return next week.

It was also revealed that Pears had a minor offseason surgery, but should be ready for training camp. Gailey chose not to say what the surgery was for, saying he'd let Pears make that disclosure.

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Joining Kyle Williams on the defensive line with the first unit were ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson and tackle Marcell Dareus. The second unit consisted of ends Shawne Merriman and Chris Kelsay and tackles Alex Carrington and Spencer Johnson.

That type of depth led linebacker Nick Barnett to speak promisingly about the defense's potential.

"With a 4-3 defense you have to have those guys up front do what they do," Barnett said. "So far, granted we don't have pads on, we can't physically see what is really going on, but they look like some monsters out there.

"I think we can be as good as the best defense in the NFL if we do what we're supposed to do."

Merriman received high marks from Gailey.

"He looks quick to me. He's coming off the edge with that same speed and quickness that I remember. It looks good right now," the coach said. "The best thing about it is he says he feels good. There's not one of those where he's feeling something or trying to hide something or limping or something like that as he's coming off the field at the end of practice. He's bouncing off at the end of practice like he did at the start of practice."

email: jskurski@buffnews.com