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Bills hit the road for 2-game West Coast swing

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Bills hit the road for 2-game West Coast swing

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Fred Jackson is getting a little grief from his Buffalo Bills teammates after the running back's last trip to Arizona turned into a humorous misadventure.

The ribbing has left Jackson wanting another chance at driving quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's off-road vehicle and go four-wheeling into the rocky wilderness outside of Phoenix. And this time he vows not to blow out a tire and nearly leave everyone stranded in the middle of nowhere.

``Stranded is a harsh word,'' Jackson said with a laugh Friday. He's referring to what happened during the NFL lockout last year, when Jackson and a number of Bills players spent a week at Fitzpatrick's home in Arizona holding informal workouts.

``They were making fun of me for it, and I told them (the vehicle) just couldn't handle it,'' Jackson said. ``I ran over a pretty decent-sized rock, and the rock won.''

Jackson is being reminded of his off-road exploits as Buffalo (2-2) prepares for an extended West Coast swing.

After playing San Francisco (3-1) on Sunday, the Bills will travel to Arizona, where they'll spend next week practicing for their game against the Cardinals (4-1) on Oct. 14.

This, of course, will be more of a business trip, though Jackson said his approach will be no different on the field - or off it - than last time.

``I'm not going to change the way I drive, or the way I run either,'' he said. ``Full pedal to the metal.''

Coming off an embarrassing 52-28 loss to New England, the Bills can't afford too many more blown tires entering what's become a critical portion of their schedule. Buffalo is opening a stretch in which it will play four of its next five on the road.

``It's going to define what we want to do this season, we know that,'' Jackson said. ``To get to where we want to be, we have to be able to go on the road and win games, and win games against opponents like this.''

Coach Chan Gailey made the decision to have the team stay out west rather than travel home between games. By eliminating a pair of cross-country flights, Gailey believes his players will be more rested and better accustomed to the time change.

The Bills will spend next week staying at Phoenix resort, and practicing at Arizona State University.

``I think it's going to be kind of like a training camp atmosphere where it's just us,'' linebacker Bryan Scott said. ``There'll be no distractions. It's just us. It's a business trip.''

That doesn't mean there won't be opportunities for players to have fun and opportunities to bond.

Fitzpatrick has already been pegged to serve as a quasi-tour guide, and is also preparing to host a number of players at his home for a barbecue.

Fitzpatrick is looking forward to the week away as an opportunity for the players to gel.

``I think we've got great chemistry in this locker room, and that's how you pull through in adverse times,'' he said. ``And that's how you pull through and are able to overcome a lot of the negative things that are going on around you.''

The Bills could certainly use a boost after an inconsistent start to the season.

And Fitzpatrick can't help but be reminded of the adversity he and his teammates faced last year after Jackson blew the tire to one of the two off-road vehicles they were driving.

Fitzpatrick came to the rescue, by gently driving the vehicle down a hill and some two miles on the flat tire to where the players had parked.

``Yeah, I saved Fred's butt,'' Fitzpatrick said, with a smile.

Jackson wouldn't mind another shot.

``I'm up for another drive if Fitz will let me get behind the wheel,'' said Jackson, who's still waiting for a reply. ``He said he needed a couple of days to think about it.''

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NOTES: OG Chad Rinehart was held out of practice Friday for precautionary reasons a day after hurting his calf. Gailey said Rinehart - who is filling in for injured starter Kraig Urbik (ankle) - should be ready to play Sunday. ... S Jairus Byrd (hip) continued to practice and should play despite being listed as questionable. ... The Bills haven't played consecutive games on the west coast since 1965, when they played at Oakland and San Diego.

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.

Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.

Worry no more. 

Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine. 

Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December. 

This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.

This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."

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What to eat at the 2018 MLB All-Star FanFest

What to eat at the 2018 MLB All-Star FanFest

Before we begin, let's make one thing clear: if you're going to the MLB All-Star Game FanFest to eat, you're already doing something wrong.

There isn't really any good food there, but there are some interesting options. You can, of course, get a bunch of fried food and traditional ballpark fare. But you also have some more intriguing options, if you're feeling adventurous.

You could get what one concession stand claims to be an "Old City Style Philly Cheese Steak," some jerk chicken, various subs or even sushi, among other things.

But you're in D.C. for the day, and you only want to spend $40 on lunch for you and your date so you can still go out for what's sure to be an overpriced dinner.

The safest bet is to go to the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog stand and grab a pair of hot dogs for $7 each. There's a reason Joey Chestnut can eat 74 of these babies in 10 minutes. Having only spent $14 on your main course, you've still got money left over for drinks and a desert.

If you're over 21, there's a whole corner of the convention hall set up with a selection of adult beverages ranging between $6 and $7. If you're not, there's some fresh-squeezed lemonade at a nearby stand for only $5 — unless you want a large, that's $8.

Whatever you choose, it's time to head to the Dippin' Dots stand for dessert. They don't call it the ice cream of the future for nothing. This $6, five-ounce cup of ice cream pellets (it's better than it sounds) will soak up the rest of your lunch budget.

Riskier (and also more expensive) options include a $12 jerk, pineapple or curry chicken bowl or a variety of rice bowls from Hanaro Sushi for $15 apiece. Either of these choices will likely eliminate dessert from your meal, but who really wants dessert with lunch anyway?

When all is said and done, you're probably not getting a gourmet meal out of this experience, but you can at least enjoy a not-bad meal while you explore some of the interesting things about baseball.