Bills Camp: Bowen suffers major setback

Fifth-round pick carted off, offensive line shuffles, injury updates and more camp essentials inside...

Walker makes move to LT

Langston Walker has been moved to the left tackle position because of Jason Peters' absence from camp. Walker was previously in the right tackle position but was asked to make the change to the other side. The team hopes it won't have to be a permanent switch, but one it is one that needed to be made because of the situation. Coaches have said that no final decisions have been made yet in deciding permanent changes at the left tackle position.

Bowen takes a fall

The Bills' fifth-round pick, Alvin Bowen, was carted off the practice field on Friday after suffering an injury to his knee. Dick Jauron thinks the nature of the injury is quite serious saying, "It doesn't look like it's going to be a good one, so we'll wait and see, but we anticipate that he's not going to be playing much football this year." The injury was not caused by contact, but by Bowen's foot getting caught in the grass.

Simpson MRI checks out

Safety Ko Simpson received good news on Friday, when results from an MRI on his surgically repaired ankle came back negative. Simpson sat out practices earlier in the week because of troubles with the ankle. Trainers didn't want to take any chances and sent him for an MRI on Thursday. With news that it was negative, Simpson was able to get back into practice on Friday.

More injury news

- Rookie receivers James Hardy and Spencer Johnson were limited in practice on Friday. Both took part in individual drills but were limited during team reps. Hardy was taken off the field for precautionary reasons Thursday due to a tight hamstring.

- Cornerback Will James left practice early Friday due to a groin injury.

- Several players took limited reps with the team on Friday due to soreness issues. Kawika Mitchell, Marcus Stroud, and Chris Kelsay were among the players limited.

- Angelo Crowell was still suffering from problems with his knee during Thursday's practice. Crowell sat out practice due to the swelling in the same knee that plagued him during last year's camp. Despite starting all season, the problem still persists and trainers are dealing with the problem the same as they did last year.

Bills add linebacker

Due to Alvin Bowen's injury, the Bills looked to fill his roster spot with a veteran linebacker. The team reached a contract agreement with Donnie Spragan. Spragan is a seven-year veteran who has spent the last few seasons with the Dolphins. He started five games last year, and was a full-time starter when he played for the Broncos in 2004.

Burris back to help

Former Bills first-round pick Jeff Burris is back on the sidelines at training camp, but this time in a new role. Burris, who donned a Bills uniform from 1994-1997, is serving as a special teams coaching intern. He is helping mainly with the return units, a position he knows well having been the Bills' punt-returner for four years.

Team to remain silent on Peters

The Bills are taking a page from Jason Peters' book by remaining silent on the left tackle's hold out from camp. COO Russ Brandon said that the team is done talking publicly about the situation until it is resolved. Peters has yet to show up to camp and has no contact with team management. He has already racked up more than $120,000 in fines due to his absence.


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