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Bills notebook: Dixon ready to show he can carry the load

In the Buffalo Bills’ first full practice without injured Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the backfield, Anthony Dixon worked as the team’s starting running back Wednesday.

But Dixon wasn’t assuming that he should expect many more carries than the man who has been promoted to the No. 2 spot, Bryce Brown, against the New York Jets on Sunday.

“Me and Bryce are going to do it together as a combination,” Dixon said. “That’s pretty much how we’re going to get it done. We’re going to compete this week and see who’s got a feel for the plays that” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett “wants to run, and then on Sunday, we’re going to go with it.”

Still, Dixon did say that he feels he has the ability to “be on the field all four downs,” including the work he does on special teams.

“I’m definitely going to go out there and try to set the tempo and be a hammer,” he said. “If it’s two to three yards to get, I’m going to try to get that, try to be disciplined with my runs, try to get the offense some short-yardage situations to work with.

“It’s a big week for me. I’m just excited and ready to take advantage.”

Wide receiver and special-teams ace Marcus Easley, sidelined for the last four weeks with a sprained knee, was back at practice on a limited basis Wednesday. Also limited was safety Aaron Williams (neck).

Defensive end Mario Williams (thumb), wide receiver Sammy Watkins (groin), and linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs) fully participated.

Besides Jackson (groin) and Spiller (broken collarbone), the only other players not practicing were wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and linebacker Ty Powell (ankle).

In a bizarre scene about 90 minutes or so before the Vikings’ game, Bills wide receiver Mike Williams was in full uniform (minus pads) walking around the parking lot near the tunnel entrance to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

There had been reports that Williams was late for the game and was trying to hurry into the stadium, but coach Doug Marrone said that wasn’t the case.

Williams explained that he routinely walks among fans in the parking lot in uniform before home games, then goes inside the stadium to put on his pads and warm up.

The Bills’ Kyle Orton is the first NFL quarterback since Jeff George, while with the Oakland Raiders in 1997, to have at least 283 passing yards in his first three starts. George actually did it through four straight games, making him the only such player to do that since 1960.


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