Hansen dislocates a finger on right hand

Phil Hansen was in obvious discomfort for most of the afternoon practice because he dislocated a finger on his right hand during the morning practice. Hansen screamed in pain when the injury happened.

Linemate Shawn Price said Hansen never yelled like that when he hurt his knee last season. Hansen had his fingers taped up and didn't sit out . . .

Fifteen players did not participate in the morning practice . . .

Tight end Bobby Collins, in a battle with Dan O'Leary and Sheldon Jackson for likely three tight end spots, had problems when Alex Van Pelt put him in motion during one play in the 11-on-11. Van Pelt waited for him to get in the proper position twice, finally getting the play off when Collins found the right spot. Mental mistakes such as that don't bode well for the second-year tight end. After the play, Gregg Williams took him out . . .

It was so hot during the 90-plus degree afternoon practice that one sideline observer said, "Even the flies are thirsty, drinking the moisture off of my sweaty legs."

With the shocking death of Minnesota Pro Bowl tackle Corey Stringer, who suffered from heat stroke Tuesday, Bills strength and conditioning coach Rusty Jones was in high media demand. Reporters wondered what the Bills are doing to prevent such an occurrence in their camp. Jones said the Bills adhere to a formula tied to the heat index that helps them determine whether to cut practice short so the players remain safe while practicing in high temperatures. Of course, coaches always encourage their players to take in as much liquid as they can during practice, and there are often water breaks for players not participating in particular plays . . .

Linebacker Corey Moore returned to practice for the first time since being shot in the left leg in June. Moore backed up Sam Cowart at middle linebacker and also saw action at weakside linebacker. Playing on the weakside, Moore got tied up with tight end Dan O'Leary on one running play to the right.

To utilize Moore's abilities – his top asset is speed – the Bills will want to make sure he can play "uncovered," meaning that a defensive lineman occupy the blocker whose job it is to take Moore out of a play. That prevents blockers from getting at Moore, and he can more easily make a tackle. If Moore gets wrapped up, which happened occasionally last season, that speed will be quickly neutralized. It will take Moore time to get accustomed to playing again. He has never played middle linebacker during his football career . . .

Eric Moulds wasn't himself in the afternoon. He dropped two passes that were right in his hands . . .

The Bills' starting nickel package this afternoon featured Lance Brown at left corner, Chris Watson at right corner and rookie Jimmy Williams at nickel back, covering the slot receiver. Williams was playing where Antoine Winfield will play on obvious passing situations. Brown and Watson are likely competing for left corner in that package. First-round pick Nate Clements would seem like an obvious choice to compete there too, but so far, he's not shown the capability. The rookie still has a lot of work ahead of him . . .

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