Saturday's Game Soldout: The Bills announced that the game Saturday against Tampa Bay is soldout and will be televised locally. It is the first game at the newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium. It is also the annual kids day game. Special events include a youth-themed tailgate party including interactive games, face painting, and a magician.
Kelly News Encouraging: Dr. Peter Costantino of New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital released a statement regarding the results of Jim Kelly's tests from yesterday. It said, "the treatments have so far completely eliminated Mr. Kelly's pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal. Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of the cancer." He did stress that he is not out of the woods yet and confirmed they will do biopsies next week to see if further treatment is needed or not. If it is needed it could include focused radiation and surgery. We continue to pray for Jim and his family.
Sylvester On IR: The Bills have placed Stevenson Sylvester on injured reserve with a knee injury. He was a candidate to start at weakside linebacker on opening day while Nigel Bradham serves his one game suspension. This injury will help players like Randell Johnson and Ty Powell who are likely on the bubble but at least one of them will be needed to possibly start on opening day at the very least be a backup. Depth Chart.
McKelvin Hurts Groin:Leodis McKelvin came out of practice early today with a groin injury. No word on if the injury is serious enough to keep him out of the game on Saturday. It was looking good that he would make his preseason debut against Tampa Bay before the latest setback. Doug Marrone said team doctors haven't decided yet on if Sammy Watkins will be cleared to play on Saturday there may be no sense in pushing him back on the field in the preseason. T.J. Graham limped off after one play in practice. Near the end of the session there was the biggest fight of camp with Eric Wood battling it out with undrafted free agent DE Bryan Johnson. Injury Page.
Kelly Has Scan: Jim Kelly underwent a scan yesterday in New York City to determine if the chemotherapy and radiation got rid of his cancer. There has been no official word on results but WKBW and WGRZ are reporting the results are encouraging but he has to go back next week for some biopsies to determine if the cancer is gone. Our prayers are always with him and his family.
Dareus Speaks:Marcell Dareus spoke to the media for the first time since May but would not address his legal issues. He said he is prepared to help the team win and praised the support he has received from the organization. He said he has not heard anything from the league office yet regarding any possible disciplinary action he may receive. He said failing the conditioning test was a mental hurdle he had to get over not really physical.
Regular Season Practice: Yesterday's practice was as close to a regular season practice as you get in training camp. EJ Manuel completed all 15 of his pass attempts but it was against mostly 3rd string defenders as he was going against the scout team. Sammy Watkins took part in individual drills yesterday but not team drills. Others sitting out yesterday were Stevenson Sylvester, Mario Butler, Jonathan Meeks, and Bobby Felder. Tony Moeaki continues to be limited with his hamstring injury. Injury Page.
Watkins Back:Sammy Watkins was back on the field today with his teammates when they took the practice field this afternoon. He was in pads and it is unknown at this time how much work he would get. He sat out last night after injuring his ribs during Saturday night's game. His agent said it is just a bruise and he could have finished the game. Injury Page.
Bills Release Coughman: The Bills have announced that they have released OT Edawn Coughman and WR Kevin Elliott. Both were with the team last last season. Coughman was injured for part of training camp. He was getting few reps during the preseason games and it was apparent he wasn't going to make the club. Elliott just couldn't make headway in a very crowded receiving corps. Depth Chart.
Watkins Ok: Despite the fact that Doug Marrone was vague when referencing the ribs injury Sammy Watkins has, the Associated Press says he is ok. His agent told the AP that it is just bruised ribs and he could have come back in the game if necessary. He was riding the stationary bike in practice last night and was one of just three players sidelined. Cordy Glenn doing team drills was a welcome site and created a huge shuffle on the offensive line from first to the third team. Leodis McKelvin took more team reps than he has since the beginning of camp. Corey Graham took his first reps at safety this camp as the coach keeps looking at all potential combinations. The Bills are back on the practice field today at 2pm. Injury Page.
Watkins Sit Out:Sammy Watkins is not practicing with the team tonight as they get back on the field for their final night practice of training camp. Today the Bills updated the injury situation just calling it a ribs injury. They had called it a contusion on Saturday. Doug Marrone will not put a timetable on his return. He said he learned his lesson last year when he guaranteed EJ Manuel would play in the finale. Watkins was dressed and on the sidlelines. Also not practicing today are Jonathan Meeks and Bobby Felder. Cordy Glenn was cleared for team drills and took his first reps at left tackle tonight. Chris Williams was one of many returning players today after missing a week with a back injury. He was back at left guard with Seantrell Henderson getting reps at right tackle and Erik Pears taking reps at left guard.
Bills Back To Work: The Bills return to St. Johns Fisher College for their final four practices of camp this week. It begins with a 6pm practice tonight. They will hit the field tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday morning, and Thursday afternoon before breaking camp. They will then finish preparations for the season at Ralph Wilson Stadium including their final two preseason games.
No Kelly/JBJ Partnership: Tim Graham of the Buffalo News is reporting that Jim Kelly and Jon Bon Jovi won't be teaming up to bid for the Bills. Graham reported on Saturday that Bon Jovi reached out to Kelly. Graham says a meeting did take place in Buffalo last week but Kelly and his partner Jeffrey Gundlach have decided not to partner with the Bon Jovi group according to an email from a source. The email stated that Kelly and Gundlach do not feel like the Bon Jovi group's apsirations match their desire to keep the team in Buffalo.
Who Helped Themselves:Doug Carpenter helped himself with field goals of 37 and 53 yards in the first half and a game tying 44 yard field goal late. He had to handle the kickoffs since Dustin Hopkins was inactive and did well which may mean the end to the carrying two kickers thought. All five of them went into the end zone and four were touchbacks. He did miss a 49 yarder in the 4th quarter. Fred Jackson looked good running and receiving as he caught 7 passes for 28 yards and added 27 yards on six carries. Robert Woods looked good as he was targeted six times and made three catches for a game high 49 yards. Scott Chandler had four catches for 40 yards. Stefan Charles had two sacks, one of them forced a fumble that Landon Cohen returned 59 yards to setup the Bills only touchdown. Nickell Robey had a nice interception.
Who Hurt Themselves:EJ Manuel just can't do anything in the red zone and did not look good in this game after coming off his best practice of the summer. Thad Lewis was very inaccurate completing just one pass to each team in six attempts. Jeff Tuel didn't do much better fumbling the game away in the final minute. Cyrus Kouandjio gave up the sack to Tuel. Bryce Brown got in the game late and had only 12 yards on six carries. Alan Branch didn't get into the game until the final minutes and Doug Marrone said he's fighting for a roster spot. The entire starting defensive unit didn't help themselves after giving up two touchdowns on the first two Steeler possessions.
Manuel Struggles:Jeff Tuel was sacked and fumbled the ball away with :15 left in the game that setup the game winning 20 yard field goal by Shaun Suisham. That play saved everyone from the dreaded preseason overtime as the Steelers beat the Bills 19-16. Less than two minutes earlier Dan Carpenter tied the game with a 44 yard kick as he hit three of four attempts on the day. The Bills wanted to get a touchdown from their first team offense and Doug Marrone kept the starters in for the entire first half as they ran 45 plays but still couldn't get in the end zone. They went 0 for 2 on 4th downs in the first half and failed on two plays from the two yard line just before halftime against the Steelers 2nd string. Manuel didn't have Sammy Watkins because of his injured ribs and went 17 of 28 for 148 yards and one interception but no touchdowns. Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes on each of his first two series including a 76 yarder to Antonio Brown on their second offensive play. Boobie Dixon had a one yard scoring plunge after Stefan Charles had a strip sack that Landon Cohen returned 59 yards to setup the Bills only touchdown.
Watkins Injures Ribs:Sammy Watkins injured his ribs on the Bills opening possession tonight but it is just a contusion according to the team. He did give them a scare and the feeling is he will be ok. He is expected to be fine. He got hurt on an incomplete pass when a secondary defender went up over this back and got him with a knee to the side. He got off the field in discomfort and then went down on the sidelines. He went to the locker room and did not return. There was no surprise on the inactive list as the eight players we have listed on our injury page (excluding Kiko Alonso are not playing. Jonathan Meeks, Marquise Goodwin, Tony Moeaki, Cordy Glenn, Leodis McKelvin, Dustin Hopkins, Ty Powell, and Chris Williams are not playing. Doug Legursky was the surprise starter at left guard. Kraig Urbik got all the first team reps at right guard.
Kelly Looking For Partners: Tim Graham of the Buffalo News is reporting that the Bon Jovi Toronto group reached out to Jim Kelly about teaming up to buy the team. It is seen as an act of desperation by both sides. The Bon Jovi group knows any chance of getting the team is slowly slipping away. Jim Kelly is trying to find a group to be a part of as a minority owner. The report was quickly denied on twitter by Jill Kelly who said they would never been involved with a group that wanted to move the team. Graham backs up his story saying he has 7 sources. Jim and his brother Dan reportedly are making heavy demands to be part of an ownership group including control of all football related matters. These terms were reportedly unacceptable to Kelly's friend Donald Trump. WGRZ's Adam Benigni reports that Kelly has talked to Tom Golisano as well but not the Pegulas. It is unkown if Kelly is still aligned with Jeffrey Gundlach on this potential partnership with Bon Jovi. The two reporteldy met with the trust and were looking for them to find a majority partner for them.
Manuel Shines: By all media accounts it seems like EJ Manuel had by far his best day of training camp when the Bills and Steelers held their second day of joint practices yesterday as he was very accurate and decisive with his passing. Mike Williams said it was the best he ever saw him throw the football. Sammy Watkins made another highlight play that started going viral yesterday when he totally faked out a Steelers cornerback to get wide open in the end zone. Leodis McKelvin took more team reps yesterday and seems to be closer to being full go but isn't there yet. Cordy Glenn continues to take part in individual drills but hasn't been cleared for team drills as of yet. The same players that sat on Wednesday sat out yesterday as Tony Moeaki, Marquise Goodwin, Ty Powell, Dustin Hopkins, Jonathan Meeks, and Chris Williams remain sidelined. Injury Page.