The waiting is the hard part for Bills LB Batten

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ELMA, N.Y. (AP) -- Once the NFL labor dispute is settled, Buffalo Bills linebacker Danny Batten will finally be able to look forward to the start of his oft-delayed professional career.

For now, Batten will settle for savoring the camaraderie of getting back on the field with his teammates after taking part in his second straight day of player-organized workout sessions in suburban Buffalo on Tuesday. That's a big step forward as compared to last year, when Batten's role with the Bills was strictly limited to the rehabilitation and meeting room after a shoulder injury wiped out his entire rookie season.

Fully recovered from his injury, the former sixth-round draft pick out of South Dakota State has spent the entire offseason determined to "prove my worth" whenever the labor dispute is resolved.