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Jauron sends his players off on a long weekend

Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron gave his players a bye-week present Wednesday.

Jauron called off the third and final practice of the bye week that was scheduled for today and dismissed his players.

The Bills practiced for about 90 minutes inside Ralph Wilson Stadium for a second straight day in the morning, then held team meetings in the afternoon. Jauron sent the players off on a four-day weekend after the meetings concluded.

The team will have a full practice Monday when it returns and resumes preparation for its next game, at home against the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 19.

"We have a few guys banged up, including myself, so this gives us a chance to get back healthy for the long run," said Bills defensive tackle Marcus Stroud, who has nursed a sore shoulder the past week. "We're about to hit the meat of our schedule. We have important games, coming up starting with San Diego. We're going to go out and prepare hard next week and get ready for a great game on Sunday."

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Bills quarterback Trent Edwards reported to team headquarters again Wednesday morning and spent time in the facility. But he was excused from practice in the wake of the concussion he suffered Sunday at Arizona. The team said there was nothing new to report on his status. His condition continues to be monitored. Bills players again expressed optimism that Edwards would recover in good shape from the hit.

"I think it's kind of a day-to-day process where he's going through the motions, trying to do all the things he can regularly do," said Bills backup quarterback Gibran Hamdan. "I think he's just trying to get back on a day-to-day schedule.

"I think a couple days off for him and for all of us coming into the bye week is going to serve us well. He seems fine to me."

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