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Bills notebook: McKelvin ready to go, Dareus is not

PITTSFORD – Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin will be on the field for today’s opening of training camp, but the team has decided defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is not ready to participate.

The Bills announced Saturday that McKelvin was added to the active roster from the physically unable to perform list.

Dareus on Saturday was moved to the active/non-football injury list, which means he will not be participating in the 6 p.m. opening camp practice at St. John Fisher College. The team did not explain the nature of Dareus’ placement on the injury list, but the move delays his chance of putting a troubled offseason behind him.

Dareus, 24, was arrested in Alabama on May 5 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia – both felonies. The arrest came after a traffic stop. On May 30, Hamburg police charged Dareus with reckless endangerment in the second degree, reckless driving, participating in an illegal speed contest and other traffic violations after he was allegedly involved in a street race with teammate Jerry Hughes. Dareus’ 2012 Jaguar crashed into a tree in the incident.

McKelvin was limited in spring practices after undergoing offseason hip surgery. The Bills conducted conditioning tests on the field Saturday, and the veteran starting cornerback afterward was ruled good to participate in camp.

Meanwhile, the Bills also placed guard J.J. ‘Unga on the active/non-football injury list.


Bills veteran receiver Mike Williams said he is fully healthy to start training camp after participating in the team’s conditioning workouts on the field Saturday at St. John Fisher College.

Williams, acquired in the offseason trade with Tampa, sat out the later stages of spring practices to rest a hamstring that had undergone surgery last year. He landed on the injured reserve list in Week Nine last season due to the torn hamstring.

“I’m fully ready to go,” Williams said. “I trained this whole offseason. There was really no offseason for me. I kinda had to get my leg better. I had to get back to feeling like Mike again, like my mom always tells me. Today running that conditioning test made me feel like I was Mike again.”

“At the start of camp, just did the conditioning test and I feel real good,” Williams said. “I feel great. I feel I got an A-plus, if there was a grade for it. I feel I’m ready to go.”

Williams, the Buffalo Riverside High product, averaged 64 catches for 910 yards his first three NFL seasons. The Bills are counting on him to add size and quality to the receiving corps.


No more tickets are available for the Bills’ first three night practices, including tonight’s opener. The second night session is Friday and the third is Saturday.

Monday’s practice is at 2 p.m. The team practices at 8 a.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no practice Thursday.

There is no public parking on the St. John Fisher campus. Fans must ride a short shuttle to the practice fields. Those shuttles are located at Pittsford’s Mendon High School, 472 Mendon Road; and Pittsford’s Sutherland High School, 55 Sutherland St.


Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin on his essential items to pack for training camp: “Really all I need is my bed, my playbook and my Bible. That’s the essentials right there. I brought my computer. I didn’t bring no TV, no video games. Nothing like that. I’m not really a gamer.”


The Bills signed two players from their spring tryout session to the active roster. Wide receiver Tori Gurley and defensive back Kamaal McIlwan joined the team for the start of training camp. Gurley has spent time with six different teams since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He’s a 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. McIlwan, 5-10, 175, was in camp with the Chiefs last summer.


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