Niagara Gazette

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July 29, 2013

Football's Back! Bills open training camp

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Niagara Gazette — Kolb respects Marrone’s approach to the competition.

”Everywhere I’ve been, whenever the starter is named, most of the team feels the same way,” Kolb said. “So hopefully there’s a drastic separation, and we can move forward and there’s no question about who it should be. Of course, I’m here to compete, and hopefully that’s me.”

WILLIAMS MISSES FIRST WORKOUT

Mario Williams was held out of the Bills’ first training camp practice Sunday night after complaining of a sore foot.

Coach Doug Marrone provided few details regarding the nature of the injury. He wouldn’t say which foot Williams had hurt or how and when it happened.

“Mario reported to our athletic training staff that he had a sore foot,” Marrone said. “So what we wanted to do was hold him out of practice and let our medical staff evaluate him.”

Marrone couldn’t say how much time Williams might miss because the injury is still being evaluated. The Bills are back on the field this afternoon.

Williams declined comment after practice, and deferred all questions to Marrone.

After acknowledging he was disappointed to miss the opening session, Williams then apologized that he couldn’t say anything more.

Williams did not appear to be walking with a limp. He did not participate in any individual or team drills, and spent much of practice watching from the sideline with his helmet on. On several occasions, he was spotted bending over frontward to stretch out his back.

The foot injury came as a surprise after Williams did not indicate he was experiencing any health issues upon reporting to camp on Friday.

Williams was motivated upon arriving at camp, saying he wanted to put behind his inconsistent first season in Buffalo.

BILLS SIGN CALDWELL, HILLS

Just hours before the first workout began at St. John Fisher, the Bills signed offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Tony Hills.

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