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Wednesday: Day 13 of 20.

Excused: Safety Da’Norris Searcy left early in Tuesday’s practice and was not back Wednesday. Coach Doug Marrone said Searcy has been excused for a personal matter, but that he may be back for the game Friday in Carolina.

Dropsies: Wednesday was not the best day for veteran tight end Scott Chandler. He had at least three drops during practice. Perhaps that’s why the team gave second-year veteran Chris Gragg a few snaps with the starters during 7-on-7 work.

Switching it up: A day after Jeff Tuel took the backup quarterback reps, Thad Lewis was the first to come in behind EJ Manuel on Wednesday as that competition continues.

Schedule: The Bills will conduct a walk-through practice that is closed to the public today before departing for Carolina. They play the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Charlotte. The Bills return to St. John Fisher College for a practice at 6 p.m. Saturday.

– Jay Skurski