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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