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PITTSFORD - The Buffalo Bills should have their franchise left tackle back in time for the season opener, a team source informed The Buffalo News.

Cordy Glenn has missed the first week of training camp with a mystery illness and isn’t expected back soon.

But the source insisted he would be “shocked” if Glenn didn’t play in at least one preseason game and start at left tackle when the Bills begin the regular season Sept. 7 at the Chicago Bears. The source would not say why Glenn has been sidelined.

Bills coach Doug Marrone and General Manager Doug Whaley have declined to elaborate on Glenn’s problem because it’s a personal matter. Glenn is on the non-football illness list. He can be activated as soon as doctors clear him.

A sign the Bills aren’t in crisis mode at left tackle is their reluctance to acquire veteran help such as free-agent Eric Winston. Rookie tackle Seantrel Henderson, a wild card with a checkered past that caused him to plummet into the seventh round, has held down the fort quite well so far.

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The Bills held a spirited practice that included two one-on-one fights Monday at St. John Fisher College. Defensive end Iggy Igbinosun and tackle Cyrus Kouandjio had one tussle, with Kouandjio taking a couple punches to the gut. Minutes later, defensive end Bryan Johnson and center Macky MacPherson fought, with Johnson landing the punches.

Defensive end Jerry Hughes was animated throughout the session and there was taunting going back and forth between the defense and offense. After the second fight, coach Doug Marrone called the offensive and defensive lines together for a discussion to sort it out.

“We just came out on edge,” said linebacker Nigel Bradham. “We had a terrible day yesterday, and we didn’t want to give up anything. The offense had a good day. They came out with some plays and got us. We had kind of like a little chip on our shoulder. … Then the weather was a factor. When it’s rainy the practice is kind of sluggish sometimes, I felt like the fieriness brought practice up. Everybody was talking-trash and made it more exciting.”

“Competition,” Hughes said. “We’re out here playing football. Both sides want to do well, so it’s all good fun.”

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The Bills released linebacker Darrin Kitchens from the injured reserve list. … Retired coach and ex-Bill Marty Schottenheimer and NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth were in attendance. A crowd of several hundred was in the stands.

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