In addition to the much-publicized knee injury of quarterback Jim Kelly, a variety of aches and pains kept four other Buffalo Bills starters out of practice Wednesday.
One of the four -- offensive tackle Will Wolford (knee) -- is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, while two others -- linebacker Ray Bentley (torn pectoral muscle) and offensive guard Jim Ritcher (back) -- are probable.
Defensive end Bruce Smith is not part of the injury list the Bills submitted to the National Football League, but he missed Wednesday's workout because of chronic knee trouble.
"Bruce had fluid on his knee, which he has had the last two or three weeks," coach Marv Levy said. "It goes away, and he plays great."
Free safety Mark Kelso, who was active but did not play against the New York Giants, practiced Wednesday and could see action against the Dolphins.
"We'll determine whatever role we feel we can put him in as the week progresses," Levy said. "We'll just keep working with him during the course of the week and see how well he moves. He's not moving yet as well as he was before he was hurt."
Meanwhile, the Dolphins list fullback Tony Paige (ankle) and defensive end T.J. Turner (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game.
Fullback Garrett Limbrick (neck) and safety Jarvis Williams (toe) are probable.
Even the normally reserved Levy is getting caught up in the excitement over Sunday's game.
In addressing his players before Wednesday's practice, the coach said, "These are the kind of games that you just long to play. You get to play in a game that means a lot, i showdown
that has a lot of impact, against a good opponent. We're a good team, we're going to play a classic game. And you should be excited about it and thrilled about it."
The media horde gathered at Rich Stadium Wednesday roared with laughter when Frank Reich answered, for the umpteenth time, a question comparing him to Kelly.
"I think the only difference would be is that Jim probably improvises a little bit more than I do. I'm more of a structured-type person," he said.
Then, pausing, he added, "That's probably true of our lifestyles as well."