PITTSFORD – Defensive end Mario Williams watched Buffalo Bills practice Wednesday after getting a second opinion on his sore left foot.
Williams visited foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., after getting checked out by the Bills’ team doctors.
“Our medical staff with additional consultation with Dr. Anderson determined that the best course of action was rest and treatment,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “And really there is no timetable for his return, but it’s day-by-day. That’s where his situation is right now.”
Anderson sees many top professional athletes and performed the heel and Achilles tendon surgery on Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams.
Marrone was forthcoming with the information on Williams, who had been absent from practice the previous two days.
Williams was guarded about saying anything about the foot.
“I’m fine,” he said.
How did it happen?
“I can’t discuss it,” he said.
Williams said he thinks Marrone would prefer to provide any information.
“At the end of the day, the coach handles all the injuries,” Williams said. “However he goes about handling it, like I said, that’s out of my control. We’re told from day one, from our policies and how we run, that anything involving, like I said, any ailments is discussed and brought to attention by him. We’re all in this thing together. We’re all on the same page. However he portrays it to you guys, I don’t know, but I know I got to honor my word and honor him as far as going off and just saying stuff. That’s the way he wants it ran, that’s how it’s gonna be ran.”
Asked if he was worried if the foot injury could linger, Williams said: “No, I’m not worried at all. I just think it’s not that serious. I understand and I appreciate the concern and I know I’m on your mind. I’m alright.”
Marrone said the competition for the starting left guard job has yet to get any clearer and he may give someone else first-team snaps. Colin Brown has worked mostly with the starters at the spot vacated when Andy Levitre left.Former Steeler Doug Legursky has been the second option.
“Both players are doing the best they can,” Marrone said. “I think that we’ve got to look to maybe throw someone else in the mix. I don’t know if I see the separation that I like to see right now.”
“I’m looking towards going to the preseason games and seeing how they perform in the preseason games,” Marrone said. “But, right now, it’s not solidified from a standpoint that you probably want to be right now.”
Antoine Caldwell, who started 19 games for the Houston Texans the past four seasons, could get a shot.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is making his presence known so far by being around the ball and playing physical.
Gilmore delivered some solid “thuds” on the second day of full-pads practice. He got in a couple of licks on breakups of passes for T.J. Graham and was aggressive with Stevie Johnson after a completion over the middle. Gilmore also had an interception during 7-on-7 drills by jumping a short pass over the middle from Kevin Kolb.
Kolb had a decent day throwing the ball, about even with rookie EJ Manuel.
Manuel was impressive running with the ball. On the sixth play of 11-on-11 drills, Manuel saw all of his receivers covered and took off around left end for what would have been a gain of at least 10 yards.
It was a play that a quarterback with average physical tools would not make. Manuel will be a threat if pass rushers don’t stay in their rush lanes.
Manuel looked good bursting off right end on a read-option running play at the end of the second 11-on-11 session. Kolb had a good run, as well, on a read-option, in which he faked to the running back and took off around end.
Kolb took 36 snaps, Manuel 28 and Jeff Tuel eight, by unofficial count.
Cornerback Leodis McKelvin moved up and got snaps with the starting defense for the first time this camp.
Tight end Scott Chandler was given a rest day. Cornerback Justin Rogers sat out with a sore hamstring.
The Bills signed cornerback Don Unamba, an undrafted rookie from Southern Arkansas.
Receiver Kevin Elliott hurt his shoulder when he went to the ground hard after making a nice sideline catch over Gilmore. Running backs Zach Brown and Tashard Choice had sore ankles after practice.
A crowd of about 500 watched the morning workout.