PITTSFORD -- The pads went on, and perhaps not surprisingly, the injuries went up Saturday for the Buffalo Bills.
The third practice of training camp at St. John Fisher was the first in pads for the team.
"This has all been touch football up this point in time, right? Today, the truth serum is on the table because the pads come on," coach Sean McDermott said.
Here's what we learned:
1. Marcell Dareus missed practice with a hamstring injury. The defensive tackle "tweaked" his hamstring late in Friday's practice, McDermott said, and was not on the field Saturday. Dareus worked out with trainers on the sideline, joined by safety Colt Anderson, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a foot injury.
"Any time players miss time, you get concerned, whether it's Marcell or anyone else," McDermott said. "I'm going to stay positive with it. He's done a great job of being in shape at this point in camp. Really handled things well. So we'll see how this unfolds."
Dareus missed four games last season with hamstring or groin injuries. The coach added that he was happy with the condition Dareus was in when he reported to camp, saying "it's been very positive. He's done a great job. Credit to him."
2. Cornerback Ronald Darby and wide receiver Brandon Tate left practice. Darby suffered a left ankle injury and is day to day, while Tate is being classified the same way by the team after suffering a calf injury. The situation might be a little more serious regarding defensive end Ian Seau, who has a foot injury that is being evaluated, a team spokesman said. Seau was spotted in a walking boot by ESPN's Mike Rodak after practice.
3. With the pads on, the one-on-one battles began. One of the more entertaining parts of any training camp practice is when offensive lineman go against defensive lineman in one-on-one drills. Among the standouts during the session were Ryan Groy on the offensive line and Eddie Yarbrough along the defensive line. Yarbrough, a first-year player out of Wyoming, has had some moments during the first three days at defensive end.
4. Nathan Peterman continues mixing in with the second team -- and impressing McDermott. Although it didn't appear to happen quite as much as it did Friday, the Bills continued to give their rookie quarterback a look with the backups in place of veteran T.J. Yates.
"We’re just looking," McDermott said. "We’re looking at things where T.J. and Nate are rolling in and out and just getting them more reps and a chance to isolate with the second group. He made a couple phenomenal throws yesterday. You know, a smart football player, it's important to him. You see that it matters to him that when things go well and when things don’t go well.
"The part I loved yesterday was he had a play that didn’t go well and he came back and was mentally tough and put the ball right on the numbers the next time. That’s the type of maturity, that’s the type of mental approach that’s important to have in this game and at the quarterback position, specifically."
5. McDermott is a Looney Tunes fan. At least we assume so, based on the simile he used to describe the across-the-board contributions of linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.
"You wish you had more Lorenzos. It’s like a cartoon, you know, Bugs Bunny hitting the ball to Bugs Bunny," McDermott said. "What more could you say about an individual? He puts the team first. He wants to play special teams, which he’s a phenomenal special teams player and that really typifies our football team, in terms of unselfish, he’s going to do whatever’s asked, he understands the importance of special teams and how important winning games is.
"And yet, he had a phenomenal year last year on defense in terms of production. So we’re going to use him, and put him, like the rest of the players, in positions of strength and one of those is attacking the quarterback coming off the football. Once he gets comfortable with the system, the foundation of it, we’ll get a little bit more creative from there. But he is a big part of what we do, from a leadership standpoint one of the big leaders of the football team."
6. Adolphus Washington gets a chance with the starters. With Dareus out, Washington filled in with the first team next to Kyle Williams. Additionally, Kevon Seymour moved outside to replace Darby with the starters. Seymour had been the slot cornerback with the second team the first couple practices. Safety Bacarri Rambo, who signed with the team earlier this week, got some second-team reps. It will be interesting to see if he earns more of those moving forward as he gets more comfortable in the defense.
7. Tre'Davious White had an uncharacteristic tough day. The team's first-round draft pick dropped what should have been an interception after linebacker Ramon Humber tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage. White was also beaten during 11-on-11 work a couple times by receiver Andre Holmes. Bills fans shouldn't be too worried, though, as White has overall been solid in his role as starting cornerback.
"It’s really going back to the research that we did leading up to the draft. Knowing some of the coaches at LSU like we do and we had some background, so we felt good about who he was off the field – the intangibles," McDermott said of White before practice. That’s an important part of the process as you go through preparing for the draft and credit to the staff down there and the program they have. Credit to Tre and the way he’s wired. He does a phenomenal job and a lot of that happens off the field in his preparation and the work ethic and how important this game is to him. He knows he has to earn the right to be on this football team just like the rest of us. That goes for all of us."
8. Rod Streater making some plays at wide receiver. The best play of the day by the offense was a 25-yard touchdown pass from Yates to Streater. The ex-Raiders receiver has made some impressive catches through the first three practices.