Fans Take In Practice: About 4,500 fans took in the afternoon practice today on the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Ed Wang, OG Jorge Guerra and NT Lonnie Harvey missed the afternoon session after getting injured in the morning. As we reported earlier, Wang's injury appears serious while Harvey and Guerra's are not considered big. Chan Gailey addressed the media after the afternoon session and said that the fans add an extra bit of excitement to the workouts and gives the players something to get up for. Gailey addressed the Marshawn Lynch situation saying it was strange he hasn't met him yet even though he was at the facilities this week.
Bills Sign LB: The Bills have added to their roster by signing former Dolphin LB Reggie Torbor. He was released by Miami last week and play both inside and outside in the 3-4 scheme. Defensive coordinator George Edwards has experience with Torbor from their days together in Miami when he served as his position coach the past two years. Torbor played on the inside with Miami but the outside with the Giants who he played four season for before playing in Miami the past two seasons.
Wang Injured: Last season's offensive line injury woes has seemed to carry over to this offseason. Bills rookie Ed Wang suffered what is being reported as a potentially serious left leg injury. He suffered it late during this morning's session and was carted off the field in obvious pain after trying to walk off under his own power. He ran in a defender in the backfield during the non contact drill that took place in the fieldhouse.
Tickets Available: Individual game tickets are now available but only for season ticket holders. As of 9am today they are allowed to buy as many individual game tickets as they want. Before today they were limited to two tickets.
Morning Session: Today's morning session is now over and according to WGR several players were missing or limited. Marshawn Lynch once again heads the list of missing players. Chan Gailey said in a radio interview today that he heard Lynch has left town again. Aaron Schobel remains absent as he continues to contemplate retirement. Lee Evans, Fred Jackson, John McCargo, and Will Croner were not in attendance as well. Leodis McKelvin, Nic Harris, Eric Wood, Demetrius Bell, and Joe Klopfenstein worked out on the side but did not practice. Terrence McGee was in attendance but took the morning off as he continues to round into shape after offseason shoulder surgery.
Open Practice Today: The voluntary minicamp continues today with two practices, one being open to the public. Today is also the day that Chan Gailey will address the media. The morning practice is closed to the public and will run from 10:35am to 11:50am. The parking lots then open up at 12:30pm for tailgaiting. Yes, Buffalonians tailgate for open practice sessions in June. The gates open at 2pm and the Bills are scheduled to hit the field for an afternoon practice at 3:20pm and work for 90 minutes.
Friday June 4, 2010
Christie Honored: Former Bill Steve Christie joins Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and 11 others as the latest inductees in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is held in October each year.
Lynch Working Out; Not Practicing: The Bills have confirmed that Marshawn Lynch was at the team facility on Wednesday and Thursday but for some reason however he is not working out on the field with his teammates in the OTAs and during the first day of minicamp. Donte Whitner told the AP something he tweeted two days ago that Lynch is lifting weights with his teammates.
Minicamp Gets Underway Today: The Bills voluntary minicamp begins today with five practices over the next three days. Today the team will workout from 10:35am - 11:50am and 3:20pm - 4:50pm. Tomorrow they will hold workouts at the same times with the afternoon workout being open to the public. They will have one practice on Sunday morning as well. The team is allowed the extra minicamp by league rules because they have a new coaching staff.
Thursday June 3, 2010
Batten Signs: 6th round draft pick Danny Batten became the second Bills draft pick to sign as he signed a contract today. It is believed to be a multi year deal with a $100,000 signing bonus. He joins Ed Wang as Bills draft picks that have signed.
Lynch Still Absent: Despite being back in Buffalo Marshawn Lynch remained absent during today's final OTA workout of the week. Lynch reportedly was at the facility yesterday after practice.
Lynch Expected To Practice Today: More reports confirm that Marshawn Lynch is in Buffalo although he did not practice yesterday. Donte Whitner tweeted that Lynch was in the building as he likely showed up after practice. He is expected to take the field with his teammates for the first time this offseason later today during the last OTA practice of the week. A voluntary minicamp starts tomorrow.
Wednesday June 2, 2010
Report: Lynch In Town, Not At Practice: Scout.com's Adam Caplan reports that Marshawn Lynch has arrived back in Buffalo. Chris Brown reports for the team's website that Lynch was not with the team during today's practice. Lynch's arrival has been anticipated for over a week now. He has not taken part in any of the offseason workouts so far.
Busy Week Continues: It's a busy week at One Bills Drive as today is the middle day of the three days of organized team activities. This OTA session is followed by a three day weekend minicamp. All these workouts are voluntary. Shawn Nelson joined Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Schobel as players that missed yesterday's workout. The QB rotation continued yesterday with Brian Brohm getting first shot during 7-on-7 drills and Trent Edwards taking the first snaps during 11-on-11 drills. Chan Gailey and some of the players are scheduled to address the media after this afternoon's workout.
Tuesday June 1, 2010
Lynch Still Absent: Marshawn Lynch remains awol from the voluntary workouts that resumed today with a 90 minute workout. Lynch told Yahoo sports that he would take part in some of the voluntary workouts. He told a bay area cable station that he was on his way to Buffalo to take part in them as well. So far he has not shown up at One Bills Drive.
OTAs Resume Today: The Bills are holding the first of three daily ninety minute workouts for the week early this afternoon. Today's workout will be in the fieldhouse because of rainy conditions in Western New York. The team had great attendance for week 1 it will be interesting to see if there are more absences from this week's voluntary workouts.
Monday May 31, 2010
OTAs Set To Resume: The organized team activities resume tomorrow after a break for the holiday weekend. There will be three days of 90 minute practices and they are voluntary like they were last week. It will be interesting to see if Marshawn Lynch shows up this week. He told Yahoo Sports earlier this month that he will take place in some of the voluntary workouts but has yet to show up for offseason conditioning or last week's OTAs. The rotation at QB is expected to continue as Chan Gailey vows to give even reps this early in the offseason.
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