Johnson Lone Player To Sit: The Bills were back on the practice field today preparing for the Chargers game on Sunday. Randell Johnson was the lone player to sit with a knee injury suffered on Sunday. Keith Rivers was back on the field on a limited basis. He said he felt pretty good and is progressing well. He considers himself day to day. Robert Woods was limited with an ankle injury and Stefan Charles was limited with his hip injury. Lee Smith practiced fully for the first time since injuring his toe in the preseason. Sammy Watkins once again practiced fully but his ribs seem to still be an issue. Injury Page.
Unanimous Approval: The NFL Finance Committee gave unanimous approval to Terry and Kim Pegula as the next owners of the Buffalo Bills. The Pegulas made a brief statement after the meeting but did not take any questions. They said they will not consider themselves NFL owners until after the deal is approved by all the owners. That will happen in their fall meetings on October 7th and 8th. NFL Executive VP Eric Grubman said this is a huge step in the process. He also said that everyone involved in the sale has a lot to proud of at the way they handled the process. He feels the Pegulas have done a nice job of respecting the process and not releasing too much information.
Bills Tickets Going Fast: The 2-0 start and the longtime future secured has helped the ticket office. The Bills announced that the next three home games has only club seats left which means there will be no blackouts at least during the first half of the season. Of the final four home games, the December date with the Packers is closing in on a sellout and ticket sales have increased for the other three home games as well against Kansas City, The Jets, and Cleveland. The team advises if you want non club seats to those games get them soon.
McNair On Pegula: NFL finance committee chair Bob McNair said Terry Pegula is certainly passionate about football and Buffalo. He feels the Bills need to stay put but adds a new stadium will be needed. McNair said Pegula is certainly open to the idea of a new place and will work very hard to accomplish it. A new stadium is not a big topic in this meeting. Before the meeting McNair said he doesn't see any problem in Pegula getting approval.
Spiller Honored: C.J. Spiller became the second Bill in as many weeks to win the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor. Spiller was honored because of his 102 yard kickoff return for a touchdown that was huge in stemming off a Miami rally in Sunday's game.
Finance Committee Meeting Today: The Pegulas and members of Ralph Wilson's trust are expected in New York City today for a meeting of the NFL finance committee where they are expected to decide whether or not they will reccommend the Pegulas for ownership of the Bills. At the meeting the Pegulas are expected to tell the committee they are prepared to pay for the team with a wire transfer for the entire $1.4 Billion. They are expected to get the recommendation easily.
Tuesday September 16, 2014
Meeks On IR; Dean Signed: The Bills have placed Jonathan Meeks on injured reserve ending his season. He suffered a neck injury in the preseason and never could get back on the field despite practicing on a limited basis. His spot on the roster was taken by LB Larry Dean. He signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and played in 48 games over three years mostly on special teams with Minnesota. Front Office Page.
Bills Fairly Injury Free: There was a rash of injuries in the NFL during week two action but the Bills came away relatively unscathed. On Monday, Doug Marrone only reported two injuries, Stefan Charles suffered a hip injury and Randell Johnson injured his knee. The coach said Sammy Watkins had just soreness after the game as he battles his painful rib injury. Keith Rivers was due to test his injured groin yesterday and today to see if he's ready to practice at all this week. Injury Page.
Monday September 15, 2014
Great Start to Season: The Bills are now 2-0 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC East for the first time in three years. Tony Bogyo's weekly column examines the good start by the Bills and where we go from here. Complete Story.
Sunday September 14, 2014
Gameday Grades: Total team effort in the win as the defense made big plays while the special teams were shades from the glory days as they made huge plays on teams. The offense moved the ball efficiently enough to lead the team to the victory. Gameday Grades.
Bills Beat Dolphins 29-10: It was a festive playoff atmosphere all week in Buffalo and it spilled into Ralph Wilson Stadium all afternoon long helping the Bills take early control of the Dolphins enroute to a 29-10 victory to push the Bills to the top of the AFC East with a 2-0 record. Sammy Watkins had a huge day despite battling his ongoing rib injury all day long. He caught 8 passes for 117 yards and his first NFL touchdown. C.J. Spiller broke open a close game in the third quarter when C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. Dan Carpenter hit five field goals as the special teams had a huge game that included a blocked punt and fumble recovery and solid coverage. The defense had four sacks as they were in control most of the afternoon. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: Sammy Watkins left the game a couple of times as his ribs were bothering him but it didn't hurt his production on the field. C.J. Spiller got banged up returning the opening kickoff of the game causing cat call from the fans that don't think he should be returning kicks. He came back to have a huge 2nd half roll including a kick return for a score. Nigel Bradham limped off in the first series but was back out to start the second series. Stefan Charles left the game for a bit but returned to get a sack and Marcell Dareus had cramps. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: No surprises on the inactive list as Jonathan Meeks, Keith Rivers, and Lee Smith are out with injuries. Rivers was ruled out on Friday while Meeks and Smith were listed as doubtful. Healthy inactives are Cyril Richardson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Bryce Brown, and Ross Cockrell. Check out our the 2014 season debut of our gameday grades and Bills Blitz coming up shortly after the game on our gameday homepage!
Beautiful Weather Today: The weather is picture perfect for a home opener filled with emotion and euphoria as the Bills long term future in Western New York is settled. There will be a celebration of Ralph Wilson's life and a ceremony before the game. Jim Kelly will be there celebrating being cancer free and Andre Reed will be leading the charge. All that and first place is on the line with the arch rival Dolphins in town. The weather will be fall like with a temperature of 56° at kickoff under sunny skies with winds out of the WNW at 7mph.
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