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Bills Lose To Falcons 13-10

AP Photo - Ryan Denney Denney To Have Surgery: Coach Jauron broke the bad news after today's practice, Ryan Denney will have surgery on his broken foot. Denney will be out indefinitely and Coach Jauron once again did not rule out going outside the organization in search for depth at the defensive end position. He does like the reps that C.J. Ah You, Eric Powell, and Ryan Neill have received and they will continue to get more. Jauron called the injury a blow since Denney is a good football player. Injury Page.

Bills Wrap Camp This Week: The Bills get back to work at St. John Fisher College today with an afternoon practice after Friday's preseason win and a day off yesterday. It will be a short week at the College as the team breaks camp after Wednesday's practice session. They will then finish preparing for the season at the complex at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Saturday August 18, 2007

Players Who Helped Themselves: Many players helped themselves in the loss to Atlanta. Coy Wire with his added bulk showed that the Tom Donahoe era had him in the wrong spot at safety. He looks like he will have an impact at the linebacker position this year as he was all over the field making hard hits and forcing a fumble. John McCargo recovered that fumble as he was very active showing off his quickness. Trent Edwards continues to make his run at the number two QB spot as he through for 101 yards on 11 of 16 and a touchdown. Jabari Greer had a couple of nice pass breakups and continued his run at more playing time. Anthony Hargrove had a nice interception and a few pressures. His solid play along with the injury to Ryan Denney may keep him from getting released for his off field issues.

Players Who Hurt Themselves: Duke Preston struggled at center with some high snaps in the shotgun formation. John Wendling didn't help his chances of making the team with two penalties on special teams. Peerless Price once again didn't catch a pass but he was wide open on one play but J.P. Losman couldn't get him the ball. Losman struggled as well only making one big pass play. He seemed to struggle in the unusually windy weather for August.

Friday August 17, 2007

Poz Gets Start: Paul Posluszny got the start at middle linebacker but the job isn't his yet. Coach Jauron said the plan was to start Posluszny in games 2 and 4 of the preseason and John DiGiorgio in games 1 and 3. Fans also shouldn't read too much into the fact that Craig Nall didn't play. He wasn't expected to play too much this week anyway as they wanted to get an extended look at Trent Edwards. Nall is expected to play more next week. So much for Jauron saying that the starters will only play a quarter. He was half right. The defensive starters came out after the first quarter but the offensive starters played the entire first half.

Denney Out: Ryan Denney broke a bone in his foot on the opening kickoff. Coach Jauron won't call it season ending yet but said he will miss a substantial amount of time and they will have to make some decisions. The team is suddenly very thin at the defensive end position with Anthony Hargrove facing a four game suspension at the start of the year. The only other injured player in the game was Coy Wire. He got kicked in his cap and limped off in the 2nd quarter but should be ok. Angelo Crowell was a gametime decision and he did not play along with Melvin Fowler. Both players are expected to be back on the field soon. Aaron Merz, Brad Butler, Josh Scobey, and Trevor Hooper missed the game. Injury Page.

Bills Lose 13-10: Chris Redman completed a 14 play, 80 yard drive late in the game with a one yard touchdown pass to give the Falcons a 13-10 win over the Bills. Marshawn Lynch got the start at running back and carried the ball 5 times for 16 yards. J.P. Losman played the whole first half but struggled a bit. He was 7 of 13 for 78 yards, gettting 36 of them on one pass play to Lee Evans. Trent Edwards played the entire second half. He hit Roscoe Parrish for the Bills lone touchdown in the game. The opportunistic defense forced three more turnovers while the offense didn't give the balll away at all making the team a +5 in two games. Terrence McGee had an interception that led to a missed 55 yard field goal. John McCargo recovered a fumble on a hit from Coy Wire that setup a 48 yard field goal. The lone touchdown was setup by an Anthony Hargrove interception.

OL Shuffle On Display: The offensive line shuffle takes another turn tonight and it will be interesting to watch. Jason Whittle gets the start at right guard to even things out since Duke Preston started last week. Preston will start at center because of the injury to Melvin Fowler. The coaching staff would like to make a decision on the starters on the line as soon as possible. It has always been assumed that the battle is at right guard only but it may be at center as well. If Preston shines at his more comfortable spot in the middle and Whittle performs well you may be seeing the opening day line. It would be hard for Preston to overtake Fowler who is considered a solid game caller and has a great relationship with J.P. Losman. How do you think the OL should shake out? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think.

Thursday August 16, 2007

Crowell Sits Out: Angelo Crowell is experiencing swelling on his left knee and barely practiced today. He may not be able to play tomorrow night, Coy Wire would start in his place. John McCargo took part in only a couple of drills today and will be a gametime decision. Dick Jauron anticipates that he will play. Melvin Fowler likely won't play as he has yet to test his injured ankle. Duke Preston would start in his place as Jason Whittle is expected to start at right guard anyways. Brad Butler, Josh Scobey, Aaron Merz, and Trevor Hooper will miss the game. Injury Page.

Lynch To Start: Dick Jauron spoke with the media following this afternoon's practice session and said that Marshawn Lynch will start at running back tomorrow night against the Falcons. They are looking to see more of him so that is why he is starting. Lynch said he's excited about getting extra playing time and the chance to play at home for the first time. Jauron said all the starters are expected to play at least a quarter after playing just 12-15 plays last week. They won't play more than that most likely because there are other players they want to look at. The QB rotation will be the same with Craig Nall and Trent Edwards getting extended looks.

Offense Bounces Back: After a few lackluster practices this week, the offense was back on top during last night's practice. Coach Jauron decided to take the pads off and the perfect weather helped the offense shine, not to mention a solid practice from two wide receivers. Sam Aiken had a great night as he made a few really nice receptions that drew a response from the crowd. He made a couple of key fourth down receptions during the two minute drill. Lee Evans had a solid night as well as he made two catches during the two minute drill. The defense had their share of highlights as well and Brian Moorman continued to wow the crowd with his booming punts and great touch inside the five yard line.

Crowell Sidelined: Angelo Crowell took part in individual drills but missed the team workout. No word on what his injury is but he had his left knee wrapped on the sidelines. He told the team's website that he was fine and just getting a night off. John McCargo missed the team drills as well after taking part in individual drills. Melvin Fowler was held out totally with his ankle injury. Brad Butler, Josh Scobey, Trevor Hooper, and Aaron Merz missed the workout as well. Butler and Scobey are likely not to begin practicing again until next week at the earliest. Merz had returned to work but he's still bothered by his shoulder injury. Hooper suffered a concussion against the Saints. Injury Page.

Game Not Sold Out: As expected the preseason opener against the Falcons on Friday night is not sold out and blacked out in Western New York. The local stations will be allowed to show the game on tape delay and they will on Saturday.

Wednesday August 15, 2007

McCargo OK: One day after getting his ankle rolled on, John McCargo was back on the practice field tonight. The Bills official website reports that McCargo is taking part in at least some drills in this evening's workout. Injury Page.

Lynch To Get More Time: Marshawn Lynch is expected to get more playing time on Friday then he did last week. Dick Jauron said the plan last week was for him to play 7 or 8 plays and they decided to stick to the plan that got him only two carries for three yards. They know what they have in Lynch so they wanted to use the first preseason game to see some other players in extended action. The coach knows he needs to get Lynch more touches and he plans to start with the game against Atlanta this week.

Tuesday August 14, 2007

McCargo, Fowler Banged Up: Two players went down during today's afternoon practice session. John McCargo continued his injury streak. This time he has a twisted ankle. He called the injury nothing serious. His twice surgically repaired foot got rolled up on and it turned the ankle over. Melvin Fowler also went down with an ankle injury but Dick Jauron said both players are fine. Jason Peters also got banged up on a play, the latest scare prompted Coach Jauron to have the players come out of pads. Langston Walker missed the practice and had his right arm wrapped. He has some elbow tendonitis. Injury Page.

Kelly As Owner? There was an open mic night before yesterday's practice and Jim Kelly, J.P. Losman, and Josh Reed answered questions from the fans. Kelly spoke of possibly buying part of the Bills to help keep them in Western New York after Ralph Wilson passes on. Jack Kemp has also made statements that he would like to be part of an ownership group. Kelly said he's been asked to buy into teams in the past but would only by into the Bills since that is his team and he is a Buffalonian now and wants to help keep them in Western New York. He emphasized that he is fully behind Wilson and understands him wanting to keep "his baby".

Lot Changes: The Bills have announced changes to the parking lot situation at Ralph Wilson Stadium for this year. They earlier announced that the parking rates would increase to $25. Season ticket holders will now get $5 off. The changes do not effect the general parking lots but are being made to help with traffic flow after games. The bus lot is moving so they won't be on the very busy Abbott Rd. All handicapped parking will be in one lot so the team's ambassadors can better assist those with handicaps. The RV lot is moving to be closer to the comfort stations that campers rely on when staying overnight.

Thomas At Practice: It seemed like alumni night during the evening practice session last night at St. John Fisher. Thurman Thomas was a surprise attendee along with Steve Tasker and Jim Kelly who were scheduled to be there. Tasker announced the presence of Thomas and then Thurman spoke to the team briefly after practice. He told the team how great it is playing in Buffalo and mentioned that he is looking to move back to the area. Dick Jauron said it was terrific having the Hall of Famer at practice.

Defense Performs Well: The defense shined under the lights last night as they continue to outplay the offense on a consistent basis. They couldn't do much offensively as the coverage was excellent for most of the practice according to the Bills official website. Jabari Greer got some first team reps thanks to his two interceptions on Friday night. He replaced Terrence McGee who has some soreness in both his legs. Anthony Hargrove still got reps with the second team defense despite his impending suspension.

Jackson Dinged: Fred Jackson left practice early after taking a shot to the shoulder by Keith Ellison. It is just a ding and not considered serious. Aaron Merz was back on the field after missing a week with a shoulder injury. Brad Butler, Trevor Hooper, and Josh Scobey were held out of the night session. Injury Page.

OL Shuffle: There was a bit of a shuffle on the offensive line last night but don't read too much into it according to Dick Jauron. Jason Whittle saw almost all the first team reps at right guard instead of the usual rotation with Duke Preston. Jauron said that is because Preston played more on Friday night. Preston however did take some more first team reps at center. Normally when he wasn't working at right guard he takes second team reps at center. Depth Chart.

Monday August 13, 2007

McGee On Right Side: The Bills have been looking to fill the right cornerback spot vacated by Nate Clements. They now are thinking about playing Terrence McGee on the right side. The coaches want their corners to be interchangeable. McGee says he's more comfortable on the left side since he's played there throughout his career but will do whatever the coaches want him to do as long as he's on the field. He says it is a bit awkward right now, like a right handed batter all of a sudden hitting lefty. McGee began practicing on the right side last week and played on that side against New Orleans.

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