Bills considered scrimmaging other teams

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills considered scrimmaging in training camp with other NFL teams, head coach Chan Gailey told the AFC East blog on Tuesday.

Gailey said the Bills reached out in the spring to both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns -- teams nearby -- to see if they were interested. Ultimately, Gailey put the idea on hold because he felt it was more productive to use the practice time installing their new 4-3 defense. Buffalo is switching schemes this year under new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt.

The New England Patriots, for example, will have an organized scrimmage next week with the New Orleans Saints before their preseason opener. It's a chance for both teams to hit other players during the dog days of training camp.

Gailey said on Tuesday that the Bills are still open to the idea for future training camps.