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Bills Beat Colts In Preseason Opener

AP photo - Shaud Williams Losman's Slow Start: J.P. Losman spoke to the media after the win last night, he knows he started off slow as the ball wasn't coming off the hand as it usually does. He feels he tricked himself into being too calm. It was nice to see the offense come along as the game went on. The night didn't start off well for Losman before the game as he forgot his ipod and had to listen to a teammate's ipod. He hopes he and the offense won't start this slow again this year. They have to clean up the penalties before the next game. He was glad he was allowed to play into the third quarter because of his slow start.

Bills Sloppy In Win: Coach Mularkey said after the game that the team was sloppy and they have some things to address. He knew they would have mistakes and it was expected in the first preseason game but he hoped it wouldn't happen. He was pleased that the feeling in the locker room was like they lost even though they won. He thought J.P. Losman had a slow start but he never got flustered and he made some good throws as the game progressed. He felt the team did very well in run defense as they accomplished their goals. He hopes they got all their penalties out of the way in this game as they had 19 in all. He feels the team needs to grow up a bit and stop making foolish penalties.

Bills Deny McGahee Injury: The Bills seemed to get through their first preseason game injury free. Willis McGahee limped off during the first series with what appeared to be a knee injury. He returned for one more series and the team said he wasn't injured. There didn't appear to be any other serious injuries in the win. Injury Page.

Who Helped Themselves: Many players helped themselves in the Bills preseason victory over the Colts. Two players that helped themselves the most were Lauvale Sape and Shaud Williams. Sape blocked a punt and returned it for a score to give the Bills a 7-3 lead that would not relinquish. Williams might have nudged ahead in the battle for the number two running back spot. He came in a series after Willis McGahee was banged up and ran for a team high 46 yards on just five carries. Another player that helped himself was Constantin Ritzmann who forced a fumble, had two sacks, and three tackles. The defense was sharp as a whole as they ended with six sacks in all. Eric King helped himself with six tackles as he was swarming when he was in the game. Drew Haddad also led the team with 31 yards on three catches.

Who Hurt Themselves: Not many players hurt themselves in the win. ReShard Lee ran the ball seven times for just 29 yards and may have hurt his chances as being a backup on this team. J.P. Losman made some plays but struggled at times, missing his receivers and turning over a fumble as he played into the third quarter. He did a solid job in the two minute drill as he led the team to the only offensive touchdown in the two minute drill just before halftime. Lionel Gates didn't help his chances, gaining just 15 yards on 6 carries.

Saturday August 13, 2005

Bills Win Preseason Opener: J.P. Losman hit Lee Evans for a touchdown pass just before halftime and Lauvale Sape blocked a punt and recovered it for a score to lead the Bills to a 17-10 win in their preseason opener over Indianapolis. Losman played into the third quarter and had an up and down performance as he was 11 of 19 for 88 yards and the score along with a fumble. Willis McGahee gave the team a scare when he injured his knee on the opening series but he returned for the next set of downs.

Friday August 12, 2005

Parrish Has Surgery: Roscoe Parrish underwent surgery today on his right wrist injury. He isn't expected to miss the entire season but no timetable has been given for his return. There is also no word on what the exact injury is to the wrist. Injury Page.

Bills Ready For Indy: The Bills closed out another week of training camp with a closed practice today. They now will head to Indianapolis for tomorrow night's preseason game with the Colts. It starts at 8pm EST. Coach Mularkey said a final decision on how long the starters will play will be made tomorrow morning. As we reported yesterday, J.P. Losman will likely play between a quarter and a half. Mularkey wants the Bills first unit to be on the field every time the Colts first unit is so they can get better evaluation of the players. How long do you think Losman should play? Take our poll on the homepage.

Thursday August 11, 2005

Parrish Likely Won't Play Saturday: Coach Mularkey spoke to the media after today's press conference. He said Roscoe Parrish went back to Buffalo to visit with Dr. Marzo so he can read the x-rays taken yesterday. The coach confirmed it was a wrist injury, there was some speculation it was a hand injury. Mularkey all but ruled him out of Saturday's game. He said he's sorry Parrish missed practice because they are all important. This will give other players opportunities to step up. As far as playing time on Saturday goes, he said the coaches will meet tonight to begin determining how long some players will play. He did say J.P. Losman will play more than a quarter and possibly up to a half. He would like to see the best playing against the best so they can get a good evaluation. He said he wants him to get enough work to feel comfortable. He feels Losman's timing and reading is ahead of where he thought he would be at this point in camp. The team took the pads off after practice was underway today. Mularkey said that was to get them so rest for Saturday night's game.

Parrish Update: Roscoe Parrish has headed back to Buffalo for more tests on his injured wrist. Coach Mularkey is waiting an update on his status. There is still no word on how serious the injury is or how long he will be out. Injury Page.

Greer Upset: Jabari Greer felt bad about the play which Roscoe Parrish injured his wrist. It was an innocent play where Parrish landed awkwardly on his wrist. Greer didn't feel he landed on him and it was unintentional if he did, he apologized if that is the case. They were both just going for the ball. He hopes Parrish makes a speedy recovery. On the field, Greer wants to make the best of the opportunity ahead of him to land the nickel back position. He has a chance to do that since Kevin Thomas has missed all of camp with a knee injury. He's currently on the PUP list.

Losman And Moulds Need To Connect: J.P. Losman felt good about the practice last night but said it wasn't great since he missed two long passes to Eric Moulds but connected with Lee Evans a couple of times. He said he needs to get on the same page as Moulds. He said it was a good feeling to get the break and go to the movies yesterday morning. He saw The Island and said the good thing about that movie was actress Scarlett Johansson.

Night Practice Notes: Coach Mularkey addressed the media after last night's practice, which was open to premium season ticket holders only. About 6,000 were on hand for the exclusive practice in which the Bills wore their throwback jerseys. The main topics were the injury to Roscoe Parrish and the surprise trip to the movies that we reported earlier. He said the movies trip was an award for the fast start they had at camp and it translated into a productive night on the practice field. The players had their pick of a bunch of movies but Mularkey quipped that they also had their pick at the concession stands. All the staff and coaches also took in a movie. He called last night's practice a great opportunity to get close to the fans and they get a lot done in the up tempo night practices. Mularkey said he wasn't sure about the extent of the injury but they took him out to be safe. We should know more sometime today. Ross Tucker and Sam Adams had a few battles in practice today. The coach called Tucker a feisty player and Adams being veteran wouldn't tolerate it, he said it ended on the field. The club worked on the goal line drills for the last time before the season starts and it was good for both sides of the ball according to the coach.

Moorman Awarded: Brian Moorman received an award this week from Pro Football Weekly. He was given the 7th annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award recognizing his charitable efforts. Moorman has a PUNT foundation that raises money for pediatric cancer research and has worked with Rosewell Park Cancer Institute as well as Habitat for Humanity and the team's annual Thanksgiving lunch at the city mission.

Everett On PUP List: After signing Kevin Everett yesterday the team immediately placed him on the PUP list. They will now have until mid-season to decide whether or not to activate him or place him on injured reserve. He is reportedly ahead of schedule on his rehab work from his torn ACL.

Parrish Injured: Roscoe Parrish left last night's practice grimacing in pain after landing awkwardly on his right wrist. He was taken to the locker room for x-rays. Coach Mularkey said afterwards that he is concerned and it is something with his hand. There were no further details available immediately. Injury Page.

Field Trip To Movies: As we reported yesterday, Coach Mularkey surprised the team by boarding them on to buses as they hit the field for the morning practice for a "field trip". Mularkey awarded the team for their hard work by taking them to the movies. Most of the players chose to see Wedding Chasers.

Wednesday August 10, 2005

Everett Signs: The Bills have finally inked their last draft pick. 3rd round draft pick Kevin Everett agreed to terms today the club announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The team was in no rush to sign Everett since he is currently rehabbing a torn ACL suffered in May's mini camp. He is expected to miss most, if not all season. Front Office Page.

Smith Has Torn Tendon: While the Bills won't say what the nature of Lawrence Smith's injury is, his agent confirmed he has a torn quadriceps tendon and will likely miss the season. That is the case as the Bills officially placed him on injured reserve today. Smith will have surgery this week in Buffalo and it will take 8-12 weeks to recover before he can even begin practicing. Injury Page.

No AM Practice: The Bills were supposed to have a morning, closed practice but according to WGR that did not happen. When they came on the field they were taken by bus on what is being called a "field trip".

Two Practices Today: The Bills have two practices today at St. John Fisher College but neither is open to the public. The first one is this morning at 8:40am and is closed to everyone. The second one is at 7pm tonight and is only open to premium level season ticket holders.

Losman On The Run: J.P. Losman was moving out of the pocket a lot in yesterday's practice he told the media that wasn't by design but because the defense was very effective. He said that is in the scheme this year and they need to practice making plays when the containment is broken. He said there is a period of adjustment with a different player under center and there were a few missteps. He said he would be on the same page with Ross Tucker in a day or so. He said it is up to the quarterback to adjust to the way the center sets up. As far as playing time goes, the coaches will decide how long he plays on Saturday. If he's doing well there is no reason to play longer than necessary.

OL Has Continuity: Coach Mularkey spoke to the media after yesterday's practice session. The big topic was the offensive line, the coach said it is an advantage to the line to have the same coaches and terminology for the 2nd straight year. That has shown up on the field and the line is better than a year ago. The coach had some praise for the backup linebacking corps, they are solid special teams players and he's confident in their abilities if they need to play with the first unit during the season. On Kelly Holcomb he said he has some good touch on the ball and his ability to make J.P. Losman a better player is impressive. He feels that Roscoe Parrish will be a fun player early in his career and he will not be intimidated when the bullets fly for real.

Preston Gets Chance: Many of the Bills rookies appear to be shining so far in training camp. 4th round pick Duke Preston is one of them. As we've been reporting, he's taken many snaps at center and took some with the first team yesterday. We also reported that because of the injuries at guard he has been getting some work at left guard especially with Chris Villarial being nicked up this week. Preston hasn't played guard since high school but seems to be doing well. Coach Mularkey was impressed how he stepped in to right guard at the scrimmage even though he has had only a few reps so far. It is expected that he will get more reps at guard as camp progresses. The extra flexibility will increase his chance of seeing playing time when the season starts.

Smith On IR; Villarial Out: As expected Lawrence Smith has been placed on season ending injured reserve. Coach Mularkey confirmed that fact after yesterday afternoon's practice session. The coach still wouldn't specify the exact injury but it is most likely torn ligaments in the right knee. Chris Villarial missed his second straight workout as the coach said he had a "tweak" most likely suffered during Monday morning's workout. Trey Teague took limited reps and Ross Tucker took most of the first team reps at center. Duke Preston also got some reps with the first team. Coach Mularkey said on Monday he is trying to give his veteran players some spot rest in camp. Injury Page.

Tuesday August 9, 2005

Hunter Kelly Mourning: Over 1,000 people were in attendance for the public memorial service for Hunter Kelly that took place this afternoon in Hamburg, NY. The Kelly's promised they will keep up the fight to stop Krabbe's disease. Among the mourners were former Bills: Steve Tasker, Darryl Talley, Frank Reich, Bruce Smith, and Thurman Thomas.

Monday August 8, 2005

Coaches Visit Kellys: The afternoon practice was delayed a half an hour so the coaches could go to Buffalo to visit the Kelly family and send their condolences. Coach Mularkey said it was a sad day for all of us and that he wanted to let the Kelly family know that the Buffalo Bills are a close knit family and that they are there for them.

Heated Practices Today: Coach Mularkey addressed the media after the second of two practices today. The team worked out in full pads at an up tempo. That combined with the heat led to a few skirmishes. He told the players that those things happen but they don't leave the field since they walk off the field as a team. Losing two guards and getting one back isn't a concern to Mularkey who said they still have some pretty good depth there. He feels that it has been competitive battles along the line of scrimmage between his offense and defense. He said he's trying to give some veterans a break in some of the reps. Today, they gave Raymond Preston some work at right guard in the afternoon session and gave Chris Villarial the morning off.

Sobieski On IR: The Bills placed Ben Sobieski on injured reserve. He has missed all of camp with a back injury.

Smith Gone For The Year: Coach Mularkey confirmed the worst fears, Lawrence Smith is most likely gone for the season after injuring his knee last Friday. He will be getting a second opinion on his knee before the club will elaborate on the exact nature of the injury.

Tucker Returns: The Bills did receive a bit of good news as Ross Tucker was taken off the PUP list and returned to the practice field today just as they lost a guard. Coach Mularkey called him a fierce competitor who was looking to get back and he looked pretty good out there. Injury Page.

Film From Scrimmage Looked Good: J.P. Losman said the film from the scrimmage looked real good. There were some easy mistakes that he will work on. He said the coaches felt he looked very comfortable. He feels he's lucky for the great defense, special teams, coaching staff, and the weapons he has on offense. There are so many players that can make plays especially at the receiver positions. He said they are still working on third downs and the slot position is a hotly contested battle between Roscoe Parrish and Josh Reed. He said he doesn't have anything new to say to the media, all the questions and answers don't matter until he hits the field for real on September 11th. He was thrilled with the play of the offensive line during the scrimmage. He feels they are gelling very nicely and it will be tough to get sacks against the team.

Smith Misses Practice: As expected, Lawrence Smith missed the morning practice session. His knee still has a lot of swelling. The coach is expected to update his condition after the afternoon practice. Smith's knee buckled during the Friday morning practice with the Packers.

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