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JENNINGS QUESTIONABLE FOR CHARGERS

Buffalo Bills starting right tackle Jonas Jennings missed practice Monday and will be evaluated through Wednesday before the team determines if he will be able to play in Sunday's game at San Diego.

The 6-foot-3, 320 pound Jennings suffered a foot sprain during last week's game at Jacksonville, and left the game after the first offensive series.

In other injury news, Bills coach Gregg Williams held out center Billy Conaty, while veteran defensive end Phil Hansen and wide receiver Jeremy McDaniel returned to practice. The Bills have an off day today.

Conaty suffered a separated right shoulder against Jacksonville but the team's medical staff managed to pop it back in place and Conaty was back on the field before halftime. Williams said Conaty should be ready for practice by Wednesday.

"Billy still amazes me," Williams said.

Hansen is recovering from a dislocated elbow, while McDaniel is recovering from a high-ankle sprain. Also, defensive tackle Leif Larson, who is recovering from an elbow injury, will work out on a limited basis, Williams said.

"Phil should be ready to roll," Williams said. "Leif will start to do some limited things, movement-wise, but he's still a ways away."

Williams said he wants a better rotation with his defensive line, which could mean more playing time for rookies Aaron Schobel, Tyrone Robertson and Ron Edwards and veteran Erik Flowers. Schobel and Flowers recorded two of the Bills' four sacks against the Jaguars.

"If Aaron continues to improve, he'll even play more this week, and I thought Erik made a significant step in the last quarter and a half of the ballgame, and showed some improvement playing on the left side too, so he'll get time on both sides," Williams said.

"With the way we play our defensive line, we rotate them anyway, and we try to do as much as we can in the rest and recovery period. We're still not doing a good enough job with that, and that's one of the things I highlighted in the meetings over the weekend and today. We have to continue to roll those defensive linemen, and keep them fresh. Even Tyrone Robertson and Ron Edwards need to play more."

Williams said Rob Johnson's play against the Jaguars was one of his best games in terms of controlling the game and playing within the boundaries of the offense.

He added that he thought Johnson was on the path to a similar-type game against the Jets two weeks ago before he suffered a pinched nerve in his neck. Johnson completed 23 of 30 passes for 238 yards and one touchdown against Jacksonville.

"I really, in all honesty, thought he would have had it the week before," Williams said. "The plan and the approach we had for the Jets game, I thought he would have back-to-back ones as you look somewhat ahead. He would have that kind of game the week before had he not taken the hit, and I thought he managed the ballgame very well. He made a couple of mistakes like a lot of other guys made mistakes, but as far as controlling the ballgame and playing within the confines of the offense and the way we want our quarterback to play, I thought he played very well."

e-mail: r mckissic@buffnews.com

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