Players, coaches embrace change-up

Running back Chaz Williams breaks ankle

For at least a couple of days, both the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills will be able to disrupt the monotony of training camp with joint practices. Bills veteran safety Troy Vincent took it a step further by taking part in the tradition of riding a bike to and from Clarke Hinkle Field, like many of the Packers players.

"I've been watching that stuff for years … years," said Vincent, who played at the University of Wisconsin. "I got my ‘limo.'

The Bills will get a chance to ride bikes to practice Friday morning before taking part in the team's annual Family Night scrimmage before a crowd of 70,000 at Lambeau Field.

In between the bike rides and joint team dinner, which took place after practice on Thursday, the Packers and Bills hope to learn a little more about their offenses and defenses. The players like the scrimmage because it's something different. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila said that he had a case of the "butterflies" before practice Thursday.

"I think it picks them up, gave them some life," Packers offensive coordinator Tom Rossley. "Kind of makes practice interesting. Makes it fun."

The two teams will practice without pads for about an hour Friday morning. They will return to practice in Lambeau Field before an NFL Network audience and packed house.

"It's very good. We learn a lot about ourselves too," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "(Offensive coordinator) Tom Clements, for an example, is calling plays based on down and distance. We used the clock here at the end. It's good practice before you even get into a preseason game."

Injury report: According to Mike Sherman and Mike Mularkey, the first of three practices between the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills was a success Thursday night. Only one player was injured for the Packers and none for the Bills.

Running back Chaz Williams sustained a broken right ankle early in practice in a non-contact drill and will be out for the remainder of training camp. Cornerback Al Harris strained a quadriceps muscle and was pulled from practice. He was replaced in the first-team defense by rookie cornerback Mike Hawkins. Sherman said that Williams, offensive lineman Brad Bedell (hamstring), linebackers Kurt Campbell (calf) and Brady Poppinga (hamstring), cornerback Joey Thomas (calf) and wide receiver Sam Breeden (hip flexor) definitely will not play.

Other players who did not practice because of injuries on Thursday were:, G Matt O'Dwyer (neck), DT Grady Jackson (knee), WR Terrence Murphy (hamstring), TE David Martin (groin), CB's Joey Thomas (calf) and Chris Johnson (shin).

A year later: Mike Sherman, who was Green Bay's general manager in the 2004 NFL draft, thought about selecting Bills quarterback J.P. Losman. But the Bills traded away their second-round pick to Dallas to move up in the draft ahead of the Packers and get Losman. The Packers selected cornerback Ahmad Carroll with the 25th pick, three picks after Buffalo took Losman.

Some experts were critical of the strong-armed Losman prior to the draft because of his cocky attitude.

"Everybody talks about his attitude," Sherman said. "I thought he had a good attitude. He's confident and is a hard worker. I was at his workout in New Orleans, and I thought he threw the ball extremely well. In talking to the people at Tulane, the equipment people and training people … they couldn't say enough good things about him."

Back on track: After a poor performance in a team scrimmage earlier this week, punter B.J. Sander bounced back with five strong punts against the Bills' punt return team Thursday. Sander pinned the Bills back inside the 10 yard line on three of the kicks. He also had punts of 52 and 47 yards.

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