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Bills WR Price misses practice

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (Aug. 20, 2006) -- Buffalo Bills receiver Peerless Price missed practice, two days after he was held without a catch for the second consecutive preseason game.

Coach Dick Jauron was unavailable for comment following the light workout, but will address the situation Aug. 21. Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said that Price was "absent."

Price, Buffalo's second-round pick in 1999, signed with the Bills as a free agent in April after spending three disappointing seasons with Atlanta and Dallas. He has been battling Josh Reed most of training camp for the No. 2 spot behind Lee Evans.

Price was hoping to resurrect his career with the Bills. But he has gone without a reception in Buffalo's two preseason losses, including the 44-31 loss to Cincinnati.

Over the last three seasons with the Falcons and Cowboys, Price caught 115 balls. In 2002, his final year with the Bills, Price had a career-best 94 receptions for 1,252 yards and nine touchdowns.

Meanwhile, starting strong safety Matt Bowen returned to practice for the first time since sustaining a bone bruise on his right lower leg in Buffalo's first preseason game against Carolina. Bowen wore a hard plastic guard to protect the injured area.

Free safety Troy Vincent also practiced on a limited basis for the first time since Aug. 17. Vincent was held out of the Cincinnati game with a hamstring injury.

Defensive back Eric King continues to be hampered by back spasms and didn't practice.

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