ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams has resumed practicing on a limited basis for the first time since having season-ending surgery to repair a nagging left foot injury in November.
Williams took part in nearly half the team drills with the starters on Tuesday, when Buffalo opened its second week of voluntary practices. That's a step up for Williams, who participated in just a few snaps per team session last week.
Head coach Chan Gailey says the progress is slow by design.
"It's a slow process and we want to be extremely cautious, but yes we're trying to be smart in letting him play when he can. But like I said, we don't want to push it too fast with Kyle."
He's been told to ease himself back in after being cleared by both team doctors and specialist Robert Anderson, who performed the operation to remove bone spurs that were tearing at the player's Achilles tendon.
Entering his seventh season in Buffalo, Williams was a 2010 Pro Bowl selection and has been the team's most consistent defensive lineman.