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PITTSFORD — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams says he’s close to returning from his offseason heel surgery and he expects to be practicing in training camp at St. John Fisher College. But he’s not quite ready to hit the field for the start of camp.

“It’s getting better,” said the Bills’ two-time Pro Bowler. “It’s just missing just a little bit. But it’s close and I’m getting better.”

Williams had surgery to repair bone spurs in his right heel in February. He had the same injury on the left heel in 2011, although the right heel wasn’t nearly as bad.

The spur on the left heel frayed his Achilles tendon and required a reattachment of the tendon. The surgery this year took place before any real damage was done to the right Achilles.

So Williams knows all about coming back from the injury. He’s confident he’ll be working in camp.

“That’s definitely the plan,” he said. “I think kind of erring on the side of caution makes sense, but it’s definitely getting better.”

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Under NFL rules, the first day of camp can only consist of physicals and meetings. No on-field work other than running and conditioning can be held.

The Bills will take the field at 6 p.m. Sunday for their first practice. A free ticket is required for night sessions.

Under NFL rules, no pads or contact is allowed on the practices the second and third days of camp.

The team will be able to put on pads Tuesday.

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Tickets for the night practice Aug. 9 are being distributed at the Tops Friendly Markets locations at 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls and 2101 Elmwood Ave. They’re also available at the Sunoco APlus stores at: 5665 Seneca St., West Seneca; 8000 Main St., Williamsville; and 6730 Packard Road, Niagara Falls.

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