Orchard Park, N.Y. (WGR 550) - There was a much different atmosphere than usual at Buffalo Bills practice on Thursday outside the ADPRO Sports Training Center.
The team hit the field thinking about and mourning the loss of Luke Knox, the younger brother of tight end Dawson Knox, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 22.
"Just thinking about Dawson and his family, just kind of putting everything in perspective before I even start this interview," said defensive back Nick McCloud prior to meeting with the media after practice. "Just want to send prayers out to them."
McCloud and most of the rest of his teammates got their last full practice in before their second preseason game on Saturday against the Denver Broncos at Highmark Stadium.
Fellow defensive back Taron Johnson made the play of the day for the defense when he stepped in front of a Josh Allen pass and picked it off before tumbling to the ground.
Offensively, Khalil Shakir continued his excellent training camp with several impressive catches in all different situations. The rookie wide receiver catches the ball so smoothly with his hands, usually making everything look fairly routine.
Shakir will be looking to build upon his five-catch, 92-yard performance in the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Prior to practice, head coach Sean McDermott told the media that most of the starters will play a "healthy amount" on Saturday, but only specifically included quarterback Josh Allen in that group.
Last week, none of the consensus projected five starting offensive linemen played. However, all of them practiced on Thursday, including right tackle Spencer Brown, who missed Wednesday's practice with soreness.
Safety Micah Hyde, however, missed a second day in-a-row, also dealing with soreness.
Defensive tackle Tim Settle, Jr. (calf), offensive tackle Tommy Doyle (foot), and defensive end Kingsley Jonathan (ankle) all missed once again, while Knox was also, understandably, not at practice.
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