Bills begin their offseason workouts

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills began their offseason program Tuesday morning, with quarterback EJ Manuel, wide receiver Stevie Johnson, and linebacker Brandon Spikes among those taking part in the voluntary workout.

After missing the final two games of last season with a sprained LCL in his left knee, Manuel underwent knee surgery in January. He took part in the entire portion of Tuesday's workout open to reporters.

Spikes also took part in the session. Spikes' presence is notable because he chose not to participate in the New England Patriots' offseason program last spring, instead training on his own in Florida.

Tight end Scott Chandler did not participate in the portion of the workout open to reporters. He worked on a stationary bike and did extra stretching with a member of the training staff. He was later joined off to the side by cornerback Stephon Gilmore and linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Monday was the first day that teams with returning head coaches could begin their offseason programs, but the Bills had an Easter holiday. Tuesday's workout begins the first phase of the NFL's offseason program, which includes only strength and conditioning work. Coaches, other than strength coaches, can't be involved and footballs can't be used.

The Bills will eventually transition into "organized team activities," which began on May 28.