Ed Oliver was added to an already lengthy injury report for the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.
The team’s first-round draft pick was in a red, non-contact jersey during the team’s organized team activity, with coach Sean McDermott saying that Oliver is dealing with a sore shoulder.
Oliver was far from the only limited or non participant. Joining him in a limited role were centers Russell Bodine (shoulder) and Mitch Morse (core muscle surgery), guard Quinton Spain (thumb), cornerback Taron Johnson (shoulder) and safety Rafael Bush (undisclosed).
Not practicing were right tackle Ty Nsekhe (undisclosed), defensive end Eli Harold (undisclosed), cornerback E.J. Gaines (undisclosed), tight end Tyler Kroft (foot), tight end Jason Croom (hamstring) and wide receivers Cole Beasley (core muscle surgery) and Zay Jones (undisclosed).
“Anytime you miss, it is serious because we need you out there,” coach Sean McDermott said of being so shorthanded for practice. “There are a number of guys who aren’t practicing, so it’s hard to develop the team when you’re not practicing or not available. Overall, other than Tyler’s situation that we talked about the other week, most of them at this point are shorter-term situations.”
Kroft is expected to be out for three to four months with a broken foot.
The only player not spotted at Tuesday’s voluntary practice who wasn’t listed on the injury report was wide receiver John Brown.
There was at least some good injury news, as running backs Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon were able to participate in team drills for the first time since the start of OTAs. Additionally, Morse was able to get at least some on-field work in with quarterback Josh Allen.
“Getting the feel for how he is on the field, even if it is just walkthrough,” Allen said. “Just seeing where he snaps it and where he prefers the hands. Just him being out there talking and communicating with the guys on every given play, it’s good for the whole team, especially the offense, when he’s out there. He’s getting used to things and being able to see things from that perspective. We’re going to continue to work on that.”
Retired defensive tackle Kyle Williams took in Tuesday’s practice from the sideline. Williams, who was in town for Jim Kelly’s golf tournament Monday, said he hasn’t fully decided what his next move will be.
“I've done some stuff for the NFL Network and come around here a little bit,” he said. “So nothing too taxing or too hard. Nothing's in concrete yet."
Williams worked as an analyst for the league’s television channel during the NFL Scouting Combine.
“I may do some more of that, you know, just kind of seeing what I would like, seeing what they like me doing, seeing if I want to do it,” he said. “I don't know, I guess you'd call it a courting phase. See kind of where we're at, what each of us would want. So like I said, I'm not in a hurry to declare or do anything. If it's fun and convenient, I enjoy it, I'd do it."
In the meantime, Williams has been working on his golf game. He recently participated in the United States Golf Association’s Four-Ball Championship with partner Greg Berthelot at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.
Williams was at Tuesday’s practice to speak to the team’s rookies.
“Just talking about whatever comes to mind with those guys and sharing some experience with them,” he said. “The better they understand of where they are and who they play for, the better they're going to be."
Buffalo’s “singing cops,” Michael Norwood and Moe Badger, were guests at practice Tuesday. The two Buffalo police officers made national headlines when they appeared on the "Ellen" talk show.
In a video posted on the team’s official website, McDermott is shown inviting Norwood and Badger to address the team. They even led a rendition of “My Girl” before breaking down the team huddle.