No news is bad news for Clements, Bills

There's nothing new to report on Nate Clements Friday. Negotiations between the Bills and Clements' agent, Neil Cornrich, are still going on, but there have been no breakthroughs. Gregg Williams now refuses to talk about Clements until the rookie shows up in Rochester . . .

Without Clements, the Bills only have one true cornerback in the rookie and selected veterans camp: sixth-round pick Jimmy Williams. Buffalo has been using safety Tony Driver at right corner. The rookie and selected veterans camp is only for rookies, veteran quarterbacks, and players who are rehabbing injuries. So even if Buffalo wanted to bring in an extra corner during the rookie workouts, such as first-year Bill Lance Brown, in his fourth NFL year, it was prevented by league rules, which state that teams can't officially start training camp for veterans any sooner than 15 days before the first preseason game. The Bills' first preseason game is Aug. 12 – 15 days after veterans report. Gosh, the mathematics of it all . . .

Former Chargers coach Kevin Gilbride visited the Bills' camp. Gilbride is good friends with Williams, who coached with him with the Oilers. Currently, Gilbride is unemployed and he's making the rounds to NFL training camps, doing his best to network within the profession. Gilbride was Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator last season, but was fired after one year . . .

An MRI confirmed that rookie middle linebacker Brandon Spoon sprained his knee Thursday. Spoon was hit by guard Craig Heimburger and fell to the turf, clutching his knee. Williams said Spoon will begin "aggressive rehab" soon, and that he'll let Spoon tell him when he's ready to go . . .

Players have been running laps for mental errors. When it was suggested that running a lap as a pro football player might be humiliating for the player, Williams said plainly, "I don't care how they feel. Wait ‘til you see Ruben Brown running a lap, or John Fina. Wait ‘til you see Rob Johnson run a lap. This just didn't start now. This started back in June. Don't take this as a negative connotation. It gives the player time to reflect and think about what they did." . . .

Rookie Dan O'Leary has the inside position at becoming the team's long-snapper, followed by regular starting center Bill Conaty. Jay Riemersma will also see some action at long snapper during camp, but he's not a serious threat to take over. He'd be the disaster snapper . . .

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