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REED SAYS SORE KNEE PASSED TEST

The Buffalo Bills wasted little time in testing Andre Reed's sore left knee.

On Rob Johnson's first attempt, he completed a 10-yard pass to Reed for a first down. The two connected on another pass for seven yards on the same drive.

Reed wouldn't declare himself all the way back, but Friday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears was a start.

"I think I'm about 80 percent," said Reed, who has been nursing sore tendons behind his left knee. "It felt good to be out there again. I think the next two weeks will be enough to get myself where I want to be."

Reed said the last couple of weeks have been frustrating.

"It's tough when you can't go out there and do the things you're used to doing," he said. "But tonight gave me a better idea where I'm at. I'll be ready when the bell sounds."

Bills nose tackle Ted Washington and center Dusty Zeigler made early exits Friday night, but for entirely different reasons.

Washington left at halftime to catch a plane to Tampa, Fla., where he will attend two separate funerals for his aunt and brother-in-law. Their deaths are not related.

Zeigler was sidelined late in the second quarter with an ankle sprain and did not return. It is not believed to be serious.
It appears the Bills are making progress with their new ball-control offense.

Three of their scoring drives consisted of 14, 13 and 13 plays. They had only one 14-play drive all of last season, against Jacksonville.

In terms of length, the Bills' longest scoring drive was just 6 minutes and 18 seconds in a home game against Indianapolis. However, they consumed 8:08 en route to a touchdown against Chicago Friday night and 8:10 in the preseason-opener at Pittsburgh.
The fans in Chicago apparently haven't forgotten Doug Flutie, who began his NFL career in Chicago in 1986 after the Bears acquired his rights from the former Los Angeles Rams. The fans gave Flutie a nice ovation when he entered the game Friday to start the third quarter.

Bills inactives Friday were defensive end Bruce Smith (knee), cornerback Marlon Kerner (calf), quarterback Jim Ballard (shoulder), running back Rene Ingoglia (elbow), offensive guard Joe Panos (knee) and offensive tackle Mike Rockwood (back).
The Bills are off today and will have meetings only on Sunday. On Monday afternoon they resume their regular practice schedule.

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