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Bills Daily - Top News Tuesday August 30, 2016

Bills Make Cuts: By league rule the Bills were required to cut down to a roster of 75 player this afternoon so the team made a number of roster moves to cut some players and tagging them with other non-rostered player designations. There were no big surprises this year, but the team will need to get down to 53 players on Saturday. The Bills cut LB David Hawthorne, LS Reid Ferguson, C Robert Kugler, WR Greg Little, TE Jimmy Mundine, LB Eric Striker, DT Alameda Ta'amu, DT Justin Zimmer and newly-signed QB Austin Trainor, an indication that QB Cardale Jones has recovered well enough from a sore shoulder to play much of the final preseason game on Thursday. Three players were waived as injured - CB Jonathan Dowling and TE Chris Gragg who both suffered season-long ACL injuries as well as T Justin Renfrow. Two Players were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, meaning they will not be eligible to play until week 7 at the earliest - WR Marcus Easley and rookie LB Shaq Lawson. Rookie WR Kolby Listenbee was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, also meaning he will be unavailable for the first 6 weeks of the regular season. Finally, the bills placed rookie LB Reggie Ragland on Injured reserve meaning he will miss the entire season with his ACL injury.

Sunday August 28, 2016

2nd Best Season Ticket Year: The Bills announced that their final season ticket total for the upcoming season is 58,535. That is the 2nd highest total in team history behind only last year when they sold 60,102, a drop of more than 1,500. You can no longer purchase season tickets but there are a limited number of club seats available and individual game tickets are still available for the games against Miami, Jacksonville, and Cleveland.

Starters Expected To Sit: The coach said almost all the starters will sit out the preseason finale including Tyrod Taylor. Manny Lawson is the lone starter Ryan mentioned that will likely play along with some of the safeties. The coach confirmed the torn ACLs by Chris Gragg and Jonathan Dowling ending their seasons. Dowling was not going to make the team but the coach said Gragg was locked in as the number two tight end with nobody coming close to him in that spot. The coach also said the hamstring injury suffered by Kevin Seymour may linger into the season. Nickell Robey-Coleman remains sidelined with a knee injury, his second injury of the summer. If neither are ready for the opener expect to see Corey White and Sterling Moore to make the team and see some action. Robey-Coleman is considered day to day. Cordy Glenn returned to practice today for the first time since suffering an ankle injury a few weeks ago. He only took part in individual drills and won't play in the preseason finale but is expected to be ready for the opener. Aaron Williams is still in concussion protocol along with Marquise Goodwin and Mike Gillislee. Williams was on the field in a helmet but no pads. Gillislee had pads on. The Bills need to get the roster to 75 by Tuesday at 4pm. The coach said they are still evaluating everyone and they won't make the cuts today. They need to get rid of 15 players. Injury Page.

Bills Add QB: The Bills needed help for Thursday's preseason game at quarterback so they have signed Austin Trainor. He as a tryout player for the Bills in 2015. Cardale Jones was away from the team for personal reasons but was due back today. He is also suffering from shoulder soreness from a hit taken in the Giants game. Rex Ryan said the signing was to have another QB for Thursday. Front Office Page.

Friday August 26, 2016

Ryan Presser: Rex Ryan addressed the media after the game. They had a lot of self inflicted penalties that allowed the Redskins to have a few long drives. He was encouraged with how they came out and played the second half. They have to keep working and keep grinding and they have to find a way to tackle the quarterback. He feels good about evaluating the football team. He feels good about the guys he sat and he doesn't need to evaluate them more. He was happy with how the 2s played defensively for the most part. He got to see his guys against some really good players. They started making mental mistakes in the 2nd quarter when they got gassed. The number one thing is to evaluate guys and they want to make sure they keep the best 53 and this game will go a long way in helping them do that. Rex called it ridiculous that DeAngelo Hall would hit Chris Gragg on the knee right after getting a 15 yard penalty. He feels the number one job of the officials is to protect the players. It is an ACL injury the coach said. He didn't think the hit was real necessary. He thought EJ Manuel played really well they just need to protect him. He feels real good about the QB situation and that includes EJ. He likes the way he plays and competes. Sometimes quarterbacks take longer to develop and this is the best EJ Manuel he has seen.

Bills Lose 21-16: Say what you want about preseason but two of the three games so far for the Bills have come down to the last play. Both times the Bills came up on the short end of the stick. EJ Manuel threw an interception at the goal line on the game's final play as the Bills lost the Redskins 21-16. Greg Little looked to have the winning touchdown three plays earlier but was called for the push off which was fitting as Fed Ex Field rained down with flags all game long. Jonathan Williams had a 37 yard touchdown run for the Bills lone touchdown. Dan Carpenter was three for three hitting two field goals from 52 yards out. For most of the first half it was the Bills twos against the Redskins ones. Kirk Cousins threw three first half touchdown passes.

Who Helped Themselves: Brandon Spikes was all over the field when he was in the game. Lorenzo Alexander looked good as well despite being called for a questionable roughing penalty that negated a sack. Corey White had an interception but also had a missed tackle. Dan Carpenter hit three field goals including two from 52 yards out. He's all the way back. Walter Powell had a 36 yard punt return that setup a Jonathan Williams 37 yard touchdown run on 3rd and short. EJ Manuel looked pretty good going 21 for 39 for 221 yards and the interception. He also had 38 yards on three scrambles.

Who Hurt Themselves: Nick O'Leary fumbled fighting for more yardage. Gregg Little dropped a pass. Duke Williams was called for a holding penalty that wiped out a Robert Blanton interception. Kory Biermann was called for a very questionable roughing the passer penalty that negated a Manny Lawson sack. David Hawthorne was lost in coverage and was beaten for a touchdown. Bills linebackers need to cover and Hawthorne can't. Dez Lewis dropped a pass and was on the sidelines most of the rest of the game. Cyrus Kouandjio got called for a holding penalty that wiped out a first down.

Gragg Leads Injury Parade: Chris Gragg took a cheap shot hit to the knee by De'Angelo Hall after a catch. He got up under his own power but he was in pain and quickly ruled out. Rex Ryan said it looks like a torn ACL. Jonathan Dowling suffered what looks like a torn ACL as well. He was carted off and was one of many injuries on the day. Jonathan Wiliams was shaken up after he got slammed down after the play was over and no penalty was called. One of the few times all night a flag wasn't thrown. He went to the locker room and was ruled out with a rib injury. Robert Blanton also went to the locker room for an undisclosed injury. Kevin Seymour limped off with a hamstring injury. Reid Ferguson also suffered cramps and Brandon Spikes also limped off but returned. Injuries happened right until the final play when Walter Powell was shaken up on the game ending interception. He was the attended receiver.

Several Sit: The third preseason game is usually a dress rehearsal for the real thing but it Rex Ryan has had enough of all the injuries this summer and is giving several starters the night off. Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins, Richie Incognito, and Eric Wood are not among them as they will player. Sitting out are LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, Stephon Gilmore, Kyle Williams, Ron Darby, Preston Brown, Jerry Hughes, and Manny Lawson are going to sit. Cardale Jones, Aaron Williams, Mike Gillislee, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Marquise Goodwin are sitting with injuries.

Gameday! The third week of the preseason is here and this is the game that most resembles a regular season game. Traditionally the starters play into the third quarter but it is unknown how long the Bills are willing to risk Tyrod Taylor or LeSean McCoy. Sammy Watkins will make his preseason debut and likely his only appearance before the season starts. He is only suppose to play a series, maybe two at the most. This game is huge for bubble players as the cutdown to 75 is on Tuesday which means 14 players will be released.

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Tuesday August 23, 2016

Last Fisher Practice: The Bills held one final practice at St. Johns Fisher College this morning in front of no fans. Marquise Goodwin left practice early after hitting his head hard and is now in concussion protocol. Nickell Robey-Coleman left practice one day after returning to action. He got a thigh contusion. Jordan Mills suffered a knee injury no word on how severe it is but that would be a big blow if it's serious. Cardale Jones sat out a second day with a sore shoulder but did some work on the side. LeSean McCoy was on the field after leaving early last night with a hand injury. On other injured players, Rex Ryan said Cordy Glenn is getting close but won't play this week. Kolby Listenbee and Marcus Easley are not close to being ready for action. Injury Page.

Camp Ends: The Bills finished the official portion of their training camp with a night practice last night at St. Johns Fisher College. The team will have a closed practice this morning and then are expected to break camp and finish preparing for the season back at One Bills Drive. Several players returned to practice last night as Richie Incognito, Greg Salas, Alameda Ta’Amu, and Nickell Robey-Coleman joined Seantrel Henderson as players who returned to practice. LeSean McCoy left practice early after hurting hie hand. He got checked out by trainers and didn't return. Cardale Jones did not practice as he has a sore shoulder from Saturday's game.

Monday August 22, 2016

Henderson Returns: It has been a long battle back from Chron's Disease but Seantrel Henderson has been activated off of the PUP list and will practice tonight for the first time in a very long time. He had two surgeries on his intestines and seems to past the worst of the disease but it has been a long road to get his weight back to a level where he could compete.

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