Johnson RETURNS!

Rob Johnson returned to practice this morning after a one-week hiatus to rest his sore right index finger. Johnson participated in individual throwing drills and in the 7-on-7 portion of practice. His throwing arm had a hop in its step. He threw in the 11-on-11 drills during the afternoon and will likely play this weekend vs. Cincinnati.

Johnson showed good velocity and threw his tightest spirals of camp, though his timing was off a bit. Physically, Johnson's finger is significantly less swollen than it was, which is a good sign. "I feel good," Johnson said. He had his index finger taped to the finger next to it . . .

Josh Roth, Larry Centers, Bill Conaty and Travis Henry all sat out the morning practice. Roth apparently re-injured his hamstring and is going to have a doctor look at it. Jerry Ostroski obviously was out too. He is recovering from Monday afternoon surgery to repair his broken right tibia. Guard Marques Sullivan worked some in the morning, but came out due to some kind of nagging foot problem that Gregg Williams said was footwear-related. Sullivan sat out some practices earlier in training camp due to the same problem. Centers said he was using his "veteran card" as a way of getting some rest from the toils of practice . . .

Pete Gonzalez did not look good in the afternoon, throwing an interception on a fly route down the right sideline. Ken Irvin made a nice grab. In the air, the ball looked like a flopping fish out of water. Antoine Winfield intercepted a Jack Hawley pass. In the words of Dick Vitale, it was awesome, baby.

The Bills practiced their nickel defense. David Bowens was playing left end with the first line and Bryce Fisher was playing left end with the second line. Watch out for this battle this weekend vs. Cincinnati.

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