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What we learned at Bills Camp: Day Six

PITTSFORD -- Here are some observations from Day Six of the Buffalo Bills' training camp Wednesday at St. John Fisher College:

1. There was a bit of a scare when starting safety Micha Hyde suffered an injury to his right hip after hitting the ground hard while sprawling for an interception of a Tyrod Taylor pass. Players on the field urgently signaled to the sideline for the medical staff, which spent a couple of minutes with Hyde while he was down on the field. An athletic trainer walked slowly with him to the locker room. Shamiel Gary took Hyde's place with the first-team offense. Hyde returned to the sideline before the end of the workout, but was still walking with a noticeable limp afterwards.

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2. Offensive tackle Michael Ola left practice early with an injury, and didn't return. Meanwhile, cornerback Greg Mabin is listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury, while defensive end Ian Seau is still rehabilitating an injured foot.

3. The offense was noticeably more explosive with running back LeSean McCoy back in action after missing Tuesday's practice with what coach Sean McDermott described as a "bug." McCoy looked every bit as fast and elusive as he did through the first four sessions, when he promptly established himself as the most talented player on the field. Also returning to action was receiver/return man Brandon Tate, who was limited while recovering from a calf injury.

4. For the first time since camp began, things started to get a little chippy on the field. There were a couple of scuffles that the coaches broke up quickly. "It's always, humidity goes up, temperature goes up, fights go up," center Eric Wood said. "As guys get a little tired, then guys kind of go to the ground, it gets chippy. But that's to be expected." Wood doesn't think the Bills would be wise to adopt the rule of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick that makes fights a cause for automatic ejection from practice. "Because then you'd have like Richie (Incognito) ... he'd shove Kyle (Williams) early in practice, and then he'd get a 'vet day (off)' about every other day," Wood said.

5. Taylor, T.J. Yates, and Nathan Peterman each threw an interception. Once again, the overall sharpness of the quarterbacks generally left something to be desired, although Taylor did have the day's best play with a 25-yard completion over the middle to Andre Holmes. It should be noted that the offensive line was missing its best player, Incognito, who was given a "veteran's day off."

6. Another practice, another strong showing by tight end Logan Thomas. He used every bit of his 6-foot-6, basketball-player-like frame to out-jump a couple of defenders to grab a pass from Yates.

7. Not that he has much choice, but Bills special-teams coordinator Danny Crossman finds himself coping once again with the fact an ace veteran player signed to help in the team's kicking game is now a starter. The latest is linebacker Roman Humber, who is currently No. 1 on the weak side with Lorenzo Alexander, who was supposed to mainly play special teams last year, starting on the strong side. "You’re talking about two very special people," Crossman said. "I love the opportunity that they get because they worked hard to get that. We’re going to do whatever we have to do that’s best for the team, whether that’s a small role, a large role, how that compensates and works with an offensive or defensive player. All we care about is winning games, we want to win games. And if they take every special teams guy to play on offense and defense, and we win games, I am more than happy with that."

8. With most of the last six practices starting at 8:45 a.m., there was speculation that it might cause crowds to be smaller, but that hasn't been the case. According to Bills vice president of operations and guest experience Andy Major, attendance is averaging around 2,000, which is roughly double that the Bills were getting for the practices that began in mid-morning under Rex Ryan the past two years.

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