Inside the Bills - Aug 17

Whitner excused
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 9:18 PM ET

WHITNER EXCUSED: Donte Whitner was not at practice tonight due to an excused absence that was family related. Coach Jauron said it had been on the calendar for some time and they knew it was coming up. No word on when he'll be back.

Schouman could be out weeks
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 9:18 PM ET

SCHOUMAN COULD BE OUT WEEKS: Tight end Derek Schouman's knee injury from Thursday night's game is not season ending, but it could keep him out for "weeks" according to head coach Dick Jauron.

"Derek's going to be a little while, we're hoping not a long while," said Jauron. "At this point Bud (Carpenter) is talking in the weeks. So it's not good, but it could have been worse."

Jauron would only say that Schouman has a knee strain. We'll have mroe on this on the home page tonight.

Hardy's hamstring sore

Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 9:16 PM ET 

HARDY'S HAMSTRING SORE: James Hardy's hamstring was sore tonight so he did not participate in practice. Coach Jauron said the hamstring was a bit sore going into the game against Pittsburgh, but thought Hardy ran routes well in the game.

Hopefully this tricky hamstring doesn't curtail Hardy's progress further.

Reed looked good
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 9:15 PM ET 

REED LOOKED GOOD: With Josh Reed back out on the field for the first time in better than 10 days it was a welcome sight for his teammates on offense. Reed looked pretty good getting in and out of his routes tonight at practice.

He did say he got hit again in the exact same spot on the back of his pelvis so he hopes he feels okay tomorrow, but otherwise everything went well for him.

We'll have more on this story on the home page and in Bills Roundup.

Monday QB club event at Pearl St.
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 4:52 PM ET 

MONDAY QB CLUB HOSTING EVENT AT PEARL STREET: The Monday Quarterback Club will be hosting a membership drive and fundraiser for Roswell Park called "A Preseason event to Prevent Cancer."

Scheduled to begin at 5:30pm on Aug. 27 at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, for a donation of $20 fans will get a buffet dinner, meet former Bills Steve Tasker and Steve Christie and editor Vic Carucci.

Other Bills alumni will also be in attendance for the event as it will be the evening before Buffalo's only preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium against Detroit on Aug. 28.

Those interested in attending this event and joining the Monday Quarterback Club can call 693-3807 or visit the Club web site at

Reed, Estes participating
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 1:42 PM ET 

REED, ESTES PARTICIPATING: In the close morning walk through Sunday, Patrick Estes and Josh Reed participated in the walk through portion of the workout as the two appear closer to returning to the lineup.

No word yet as to whether they're fully cleared, but they should each have, at the very least, limited participation in tonight's practice.

McGee puts on 10 pounds
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 1:40 PM ET 

MCGEE PUTS ON 10 POUNDS: Terrence McGee was 10 pounds heavier on the field Sunday morning during the closed walk through sessions' 7-on-7 segment.

That's because McGee was wearing a weighted vest. It's a training device used mainly by skill position players in practice, to help them feel faster when they shed the vest.

Consider it football's answer to the weighted doughnut on a baseball bat.

Youboty getting slot work
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 1:38 PM ET 

YOUBOTY GETTING SLOT WORK: During the closed morning walk through practice, Ashton Youboty got some reps in the slot in nickel situations during a 7-on-7 segment. The coaching staff has Youboty now competing with Will James, Reggie Corner and Leodis McKelvin for that role in addition to duties on the corner.

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