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Chandler 'dying' for return to action

Tight end Scott Chandler was limited once again in practice Thursday, but said he hopes to play on Saturday when the Bills host Denver.

"I'm dying to get out there, so hopefully I'll get out there this week and get some playing time," Chandler said. "It's feeling better every day. I think I'll be out there and be fine."

Chandler has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle and if he isn't available the only options are Mike Caussin and two newly acquired players, Fendi Onobun and Kevin Brock.

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (groin) was limited in practice but should be fine for Saturday's game. Rookie running back Johnny White (concussion) did not participate in practice and wide receiver Ruvell Martin (hamstring) also sat out. Martin was limited in practice on Wednesday.

Safeties Brian Dawkins (neck) and David Bruton (Achilles) were limited for Denver on Thursday, while linebacker Von Miller (thumb), running back Willis McGahee (hamstring), defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley (knee), and tight end Daniel Fells (thumb) all practiced.

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The Bills' Marcell Dareus and Denver's Miller, two of last April's top three picks, will show off their skills on the same field Saturday.

Miller, the No. 2 overall pick behind Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, had only one tackle last week against New England but his 11.5 sacks ranks ninth in the NFL and is a league high for rookies.

"He's exactly what we thought he would be," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "He's an impact player. That's what he is. And I think maybe, we had him in the Senior Bowl so we had a little bit of an advantage but we thought he would adapt to outside linebacker fairly easily and he has done that."

Dareus spent the early part of the season playing defensive end in the Bills' 3-4 alignment, then moved to a 4-3 defensive tackle after the season-ending injury to Kyle Williams. Dareus' 5.5 sacks leads the team while his nine tackles for a loss rank second behind Nick Barnett.

"Here's a guy who comes in here as a first round pick, never played in the system, didn't have an offseason in the system and has played pretty consistent all year," Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards said.

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Former Bills running back Willis McGahee still has something left in the tank. The 30-year-old McGahee needs 10 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth time in his career.

The last time McGahee rushed for more than 1,000 was in 2007 with Baltimore. In three full seasons with the Bills, McGahee ran for 3,365 yards and 24 touchdowns.

email: rmckissic@buffnews.com

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The Bills playlist / What the players are listening to on their iPods.

Jairus Byrd

Artist: Brian McKnight

Songs:

Anytime
Back at One
Used to BeMyGirl