Bills Camp: Injuries piling up

Slew of players fill injury list, wide receiver added, Peters still out and more...

Injuries becoming an issue

Several players have been plagued with injuries throughout the beginning of this week's practices. J.P. Losman, James Hardy, William James, Angelo Crowell, Donte Whitner, and Josh Reed have all sat out practices this week due to injuries.

Losman, Hardy, Crowell and James have since returned to practices. Many of the players are sitting for precautionary measures. Last season, the Bills placed 17 players on the Injured Reserved list, and trainers are trying all they can to prevent that from happening again this season.

Bills sign new receiver

Due to the high number of injuries, the team has signed a new WR, C.J. Hawthorne. Hawthorne was signed out of free agency after ending his career at Hawaii, where he started all 13 games last season. He compiled 859 yards on 61 catches and six touchdowns.

Peters not on roster

Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, who is still holding out of training camp, is no longer on the Bills' 80-man roster. Peters was officially placed on the reserved-did not report list on Monday. Negotiations with Peters seem to still be at a standstill, with both the team and Peters refusing to speak about the matter.

Bowen scheduled for surgery

Fifth-round pick Alvin Bowen, who was carted off the field due to injury late last week, is scheduled to undergo surgery sometime next week. This will probably be the end of the season for Bowen as rehab from the injury and surgery could take well into March. Bowen tore an ACL in his right knee during a practice on Friday and had to be carted off of the playing field.

Aaron Schobel returns to practice

Defensive end Aaron Schobel returned to camp on Monday after being excused for some time to deal with a death in the family.

Two veterans doubtful for Saturday's game

Dick Jauron isn't very positive about SS Donte Whitner and WR Josh Reed playing in the team's first preseason game against Washington on Saturday. "I would say Donte and Josh are probably a long shot," said Jauron. "I would be very doubtful about them at this point."

Whitner is suffering from a sprained ankle stemming from practice last Saturday. He has undergone x-rays and had an MRI, all coming back negative. This is good news for the team, who hopes their veteran leader, will be healthy enough to make good on his playoff guarantee this season.

Reed has been dealing with a strained lower back, and sat out practice Wednesday. He underwent surgery on his back during the off-season, and Jauron would prefer to take it easy with his number two wideout.


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