A gathering of about 30-40 players for the Buffalo Bills arrived at Sahlen’s Sports Park in Western New York where the Bills will begin a week of player organized workouts during the NFL lockout.
With injuries and precautions being the foremost important thing on their minds, the Bills decided against adding a football to the workouts. Getting too aggressive or getting injured would jeopardize a player’s season and their contracts. Any player that suffers an injury while not under the direct supervision of the team could wind up being placed on the non-football injury list, which would result a player having to repay bonus money.
The Bills had a handful of key participants show up including quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, running back Fred Jackson, wide receiver Lee Evans, safety Jairus Byrd, linebacker Chris Kelsay and offensive lineman Demetrius Bell. Two of Buffalo’s draft picks, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard and safety Da’Norris Searcy arrived at the workout, but were held out of taking part in any drills or conditioning stints due to insurance purposes.
Workouts are expected to run from Monday through Friday. In an offseason that has progressed anything but normal or routine for the players due to the lockout, these workouts this week give the players a brief opportunity to experience the normalcy of reporting to camp, getting in workouts and being with teammates.