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Bumps And Bruises Add Up At Camp

Bills Practice In The Rain: The Bills practiced today at St. Johns Fisher College and the last part of it was in heavy rain as the team tried to work in the elements. They ran goal line drills in the rain and Fred Jackson scored on three straight runs down there. Chan Gailey said that Donald Jones still leads the race for the number two receiver job but it is still up in the air and the team will be counting on several receivers each game. Justin Rogers, Josh Nesbitt, Kevin Brock, and Mike Caussin were the only non participants. Caussin remains on the PUP list and the other three have already been ruled out of Friday night's game in Minnesota. Rogers may return to practice later this week but not in time to be ready to play. Derek Hagan left the field briefly with a leg contusion but returned. Spencer Johnson missed team drills again with a bruised shoulder.

Saturday August 11, 2012

Bills Return To Practice: The Bills returned to the practice field tonight at St. Johns Fisher College for the first time since a pathetic preseason effort against Washington. Corey McIntyre got banged up and had his leg taped before returning. Former Dolphin QB Jay Fiedler was in attendance for the night practice.

Friday August 10, 2012

Who Helped Themselves: Two rookies played very well in the 7-6 loss to the Redskins. Ron Brooks looked real good with a pass breakup on a downfield pass and an interception. T.J. Graham had three catches for 37 yards but could have had more if Tyler Thigpen was more accurate with his passes. Graham appeared open on many occassions. Brian Moorman had a fantastic night knocking four of his five punts inside the 20. Both rookie specialists also did well as John Potter was three for three on touchbacks and Shawn Powell had nearly a 50 yard average on four punts.

Who Hurt Themselves: A lot of players didn't do well in the bad loss but we will start with the head coach. Chan Gailey let Ryan Fitzpatrick run the offense and he threw the ball on all 16 offensive plays as they ran the no huddle and Fitz called his own plays with little success. Gailey took the heat for the whopping 14 penalties for 134 yards. One penalty took a touchdown off the board. While Fitz struggled Tyler Thigpen was worse as he struggled going 3 for 8 for 38 yards and throwing one interception. Vince Young wasn't much better as he made more plays with his feet than his arm although he did lead the third team offense to a 15 play field goal drive. Arthur Moats struggled a bit as they ran the ball to his side a lot and the offensive line gave up four sacks.

Thursday August 9, 2012

Bills Lose 7-6: It was a lackluster performance for the Bills in their preseason opener as they lost to the Redskins 7-6 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Rian Lindell hit field goals of 43 and 45 yards but missed a 22 yarder. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 6 of 14 passes as they did not attempt a running play in his one quarter of work. The team committed 14 penalties and had no pass rush in a very poor effort. Tomorrow we will post our usual preseason who helped themselves and who hurt themselves blurbs.

Six Players Ruled Out: The Bills have officially ruled out Erik Pears, Eric Wood, Justin Rogers, Torell Troup, David Nelson, and Terrence McGee for tonight's game against Washington. All of these players are nursing injuries.

Preseason Opener Tonight: The players finally will get chance to hit or get hit by a different uniform tonight when they open the preseason tonight at 7pm against Washington at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The starters are expected to play less than 20 plays and it will be a good chance to check out the backups battling for a job. Erik Pears, Eric Wood, Justin Rogers, Torell Troup, David Nelson, and Terrence McGee are not expected to play. Chris Hairston will get the nod at right tackle while Cordy Glenn will start at left tackle. Arthur Moats will start at the strongside linebacker spot.

Cuomo Hires Sports Expert: Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a sports expert to advise the State on the lease negotiations that are currently ongoing between the Bills, County, and the State. Irwin Raij was hired by the Governor. He is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP and co-chair of the Sports Industry Team. They specialize in stadium development projects and lease agreements. Cuomo said in a statement, "New York state is committed to doing all we can to keep the Bills a part of the Buffalo community, while also protecting taxpayer dollars and seeing that the team can thrive in western New York for years to come." The Bills meanwhile responded to Senator Chuck Schumer's plan to amend a clause in the G-4 loan program. Russ Brandon said in a statement, "I spoke to Mr. Wilson (Wednesday) afternoon about Sen. Schumer's recommendations, and clearly the proposed amendment would be very helpful for our franchise. Obviously, Sen. Schumer has made productive recommendations in the past and has certainly been an advocate for small-market franchises like ourselves."

Wednesday August 8, 2012

Schumer Wants Changes To Loan Plan: Chuck Schumer held a press conference this afternoon outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium. He announed that he has sent a letter to commissioner Goodell asking him to amend the league's G4 Loan Program. The program matches any money for stadium improvements put in by a team after the initial $25 Million. It is then paid back over time through revenues earned. Schumer wants a clause changed that requires a loan to be paid back immediately upon the sale of the club. He wants a similiar ammendment to the revenue sharing plan which doesn't require immediate pay back for an estate sale or a sale by owner who has had the team over 20 years. He also wants the clause that requires immediate payment upon relocation to remain. Schumer says Goodell has said they are seriously looking at it and considering it. He expects other owners to not have a problem with it since it's not a small market vs. big market thing. Schumer did have a conversation with the Bills before making this announcement.

Schumer Presser: WGRZ-TV is reporting that New York Senator Chuck Schumer has scheduled a press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium this afternoon to outline his plan to keep the Bills in Western New York for the long term. Schumer has been a big advocate for keeping the team in Buffalo. This presser comes at a time that lease negotiations are ongoing. He has not been involved in those talks. The Bills say they know nothing about a press conference being scheduled.

Gailey Not Happy With Glorified Walk Through: The Bills held their final full practice before tomorrow night's preseason opener yesterday afternoon. The practice was without pads and Chan Gailey was not happy that the players took it as a glorified walk through. Erik Pears returned to practice on Tuesday but was limited along with David Nelson. Justin Rogers remains sidelined and Johnny White did not go either. The 2nd and 3rd team players saw most of the action in practice as they will be the players on the field the most against Washington. The starters will play less than 20 snaps before the backups come in. Gailey expects Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young to play a lot and then hopes to get Brad Smith in for the two minute drill at some point. The team holds a closed walk through at St. Johns Fisher today before going back to Buffalo. Injury Page.

Tuesday August 7, 2012

Moats A Starter: Dave Wannstedt told Howard Simon on WGR this morning that Arthur Moats has played is way into a starting role. He is now listed ahead of Kirk Morrison on the depth chart at strongside linebacker. He will start on Thursday night against Washington. Wannstedt said Morrison and Moats would each get a lot of playing time against the Redskins.

Monday August 6, 2012

Byrd Shines In Practice: Jairus Byrd picked off two passes and George Wilson and Leodis McKelvin also intercepted passes in today's practice session. Chan Gailey said there was more of a pep in the step on both sides of the ball today after a day off yesterday. Erik Pears and Justin Rogers remain sidelined. Stevie Johnson and Chris Kelsay appeared to go fully while David Nelson was limited in his return to practice from a strained tendon in his knee. Torell Troup tried to give it a go and had a few reps but limped off with trainers.

Injured Players Back: The Bills are back to work at St. Johns Fisher College today. It's a short work week as they have practices Monday, Tuesday, and over the weekend. The team opens the preseason on Thursday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Redskins. The team is expected to get numerous banged up players back on the field this afternoon. Stevie Johnson, Fred Jackson, and David Nelson took part in Monday morning's walk through. We will have a full updated injury report later today after the afternoon practice.

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