Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Handful of recently-ailing Bills back for minicamp


All Buffalo Bills players under contract were on hand for the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, including a few familiar faces that have been absent due to injury.

Headlining the group of bandaged players was tight end Scott Chandler, who reportedly participated in the team's workouts despite undergoing extensive knee surgery just five months ago. Chandler said late last month that his knee feels "normal" after partaking in OTAs, and his increase in reps is further proof that the surgery was as successful as he's lead on. (photo: Doug Kerr, Flickr)

Another pass-catcher stepping back onto the field Tuesday was Marcus Easley, whose injury woes have quashed pretty much any opportunity for playing time since his arrival to Buffalo.

Most recently, Easley was dealing with hamstring issues after being promoted from the practice squad last season, where he dressed for three games during Stevie Johnson's absence. Easley has yet to see a snap in a regular season game, however, designated to IR for his first two years with a knee injury and heart condition, respectively.

Zebrie Sanders was back in action as well for the Bills' offensive line, nearly a year from the first of two hip surgeries that had him on IR his rookie season. A fifth-round pick in last year's draft, Sanders told Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News last month that he spent the entire offseason with the team's trainers and that he feels "the best I've felt in nine months." He'll battle for a tackle spot in a depth chart that's running pretty low on available slots.

The defensive line also got a shot in the arm, as defensive end Mark Anderson was back on the field after limited workouts in OTAs. Anderson lost most of last season to two surgeries on his knee, playing only five games and recording a single sack.

The former Patriot told Chris Brown of buffalobills.com in May that he was aiming to be full speed by training camp, though sooner would obviously be better than later for Mike Pettine. The defensive coordinator will likely look to Anderson to be a primary backfield disruption opposite Mario Williams, creating mismatches and hopefully duplicating his numbers from 2011 while he was with New England.

The only absent player from Bills camp Tuesday was safety Jairus Bryd, who was not required to attend since he is currently not under contract.

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