The bye week has apparently done the Bills quite well. Not only was Trent Edwards back throwing passes and taking snaps with the starting unit, but receiver Roscoe Parrish also participated in practice for the first time since undergoing thumb surgery more than two weeks ago.
"Everything went pretty well," said Parrish following Monday's practice. "It went better than I thought it would be. I went out there and ran routes pretty good, caught the ball pretty good and caught punts."
Parrish participated only in individual position drills for the first 15-20 minutes of practice, and did not take snaps during the team portions of the workout.
The first thing he did was catch punts knowing the impact on his hand would be less severe than catching passes from Buffalo's quarterbacks. But he did run routes and catch passes and was pretty satisfied with how his thumb felt.
"The training staff did a good job of supporting my thumb with a pad and everything, so I didn't really feel a lot of pain," said Parrish. "It was just uncomfortable and I had to get used to (the pad). As far as the pain I didn't really have any pain."
The Bills wideout and return specialist is just trying to get his full endurance back by Sunday. Not practicing with his teammates the past three weeks left him slightly winded after running routes during individual position drills.
Moving forward the plan is to have Parrish participate fully on Wednesday, and how he comes through that practice will largely determine his status for Sunday.
"Everything right now is looking pretty good," he said. "I'll be full go on Wednesday and we'll see from there. I feel pretty good about Sunday. I have a real good chance."