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Buffalo Bills News - August 20, 2015

Marker LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready for Week 1 [1:39 AM] reports: 'Despite Tuesday's hamstring injury, the Buffalo Bills' lead running back will be ready to suit up against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, a source informed of McCoy's MRI results told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.'

Marker Bills-Browns game preview [1:38 AM] reports: '“I’m excited for it and I can’t wait to play,” said Taylor. “I think all those years that I spent in Baltimore being behind Joe (Flacco) prepared me for this opportunity that I have now and I’m taking everything that I’ve learned previously and I’m putting it towards my game. Just taking it day by day and showing the coaches what I can do.”'

Marker DL Bryant, RB Wood the latest to sign with the Bills [1:37 AM] reports: 'With each of the five running backs that reported to camp for the Bills now injured, Buffalo had to reinforce their roster. The club signed free agent RB Cierre Wood giving them three healthy running backs heading into Thursday’s preseason game with Cleveland. He’ll join a pair of undrafted rookies in Buffalo’s offensive backfield in Bronson Hill and Ricky Seale.'

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August 19, 2015

Marker Joint practice a success, say Ryan, Pettine [1:42 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The Bills defense I thought had the upper hand,” he said of his perspective from spending the whole practice watching Cleveland’s offense. “Some of our guys had different tempos. They have to understand the guy across from them is going at game-type speed, other than the live tackling part.'

Marker Bills still waiting for tight ends to emerge [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Invisible early, Clay has found his stride. Beyond this $38 million investment? Nothing is guaranteed. In “tight end heaven,” as MarQueis Gray put offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offense, the tight end group has been erratic. Wildly inconsistent. Still a major unknown. Arguably no position group as a whole has more to prove into the home stretch of training camp.'

Marker Taylor Fever born from few options [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the optimism surrounding Taylor is mainly a referendum on Cassel, an uninspiring choice to lead any NFL team at this stage of his career. You know what he is? A poor man’s Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitz, who was drafted in the same year (2005) and same round (seventh) as Cassel, has been a far more productive and mature quarterback over the latter stages of their careers – and he got run out of Buffalo.'

Marker McCoy joins list of Bills’ walking wounded [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Not going to say it is a pull, we will find out what it is,” Ryan said. “The trainer said the hamstring is intact, it is not off the bone, so that is a real positive. But we are getting a MRI on it to see the extent of it. Hopefully, it is not a pull, just a strain.”'

Marker McCoy suffers a hamstring injury during Bills practice [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan, who looked at a loss of words as he tried to wend his way through all the injuries, said McCoy will undergo an MRI exam, but the good news is that initially it looks like it might just be a strain, and that the muscle is not “off the bone.”'

Marker ‘Johnny Football’ still makes it fun [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'During an 11-on-11 session against Buffalo’s vaunted defense, he was classic “Johnny Football,’’ rolling left, coming back all the way right and firing a pass for a touchdown in the back of the end zone where only running back Timothy Flanders could catch it.'

Marker Who is left at running back for Buffalo? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'On a few occasions, the Bills weren't able to finish drills because of how many players were injured. The Bills had only two healthy running backs once McCoy went down and they were also short four wide receivers. The Bills had to cut a 7-on-7 drill short after McCoy got injured, and the practice also ended a bit early on the field the Bills' first-team offense was working on.'

Marker Latest on LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin, other ailments [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Here's a rundown of everyone that is hurt for the Bills and the latest on their status from Bills coach Rex Ryan.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy leaves practice with apparent leg injury [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills were already without Fred Jackson (hamstring), Boobie Dixon (calf), Karlos Williams (hospitalized) and Bryce Brown (hamstring). The only two running backs left at practice after McCoy left were Bronson Hill and newly signed Ricky Seale. Wide receiver Marcus Thigpen was also rotating in with the running backs.'

Marker Ty Powell injury creates opportunity for Buffalo Bills' rookie linebacker A.J. Tarpley [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'When asked about Tarpley, Ryan then offered a challenge. "He's a smart player, obviously, from Stanford, you get that. But he's got instincts, too, and he's got a chance and he's going have to step it up," Ryan said. "There's no doubt."'

Marker Updates on Karlos Williams, Ty Powell, Jarius Wynn [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Williams was starting to work his way into the No. 2 running back role with injuries thinning the depth chart. Now he has joined those on the injury report. The Bills are left with LeSean McCoy, Bronson Hill and the newly signed Seale on the running back depth chart.'

Marker Is it time for Bills fans to believe in Tyrod Taylor? [1:49 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'This is a football team with enough of the other pieces in place to make a serious playoff run. If, and it has been talked about ad nauseam, it can find a quarterback. The remaining two candidates are Cassel and EJ Manuel. Cassel is a low risk, low reward veteran of 11 professional seasons, five years removed from his best year. Manuel, just three seasons in, finds himself playing for his career, without too terribly much going for him at this point.'

Marker Bills' LeSean McCoy having test on injured left hamstring [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'McCoy pulled up short and started limping during 7-on-7 drills about an hour into Tuesday night's practice. He walked to the sideline holding the back of his left leg, and then sat on the turf, where he was attended to by numerous trainers. He required help getting up, and then slowly made his way to the locker room.'

Marker Browns safety Whitner gets cold reception from Bills fans [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"I think of it as a learning experience. I made a lot of mistakes, did a lot of good," Whitner said, reflecting on his time with Buffalo. "But that comes with maturity and growth. And I'm glad to be where I am now."'

Marker Bills sign linebacker Groves, running back Seale [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Groves is a seven-year journeyman who played for Tennessee last season. He has 32 starts in 100 career games and also played for Jacksonville, Oakland, Arizona and Cleveland. Seale is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Stanford.'

Marker Bills' McCoy leaves practice with hamstring injury [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"LeSean McCoy has a hamstring injury," Bills head coach Rex Ryan told Joe Buscaglia of WKBW in Buffalo. "The hamstring is intact, not off the bone. We're getting an MRI on it."'

Marker Bills sign LB Groves, RB Seale [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Seale, undrafted out of Stanford in 2015, went to rookie minicamp with the Chiefs.'

Marker Bills injuries piling up (updates); Tuesday notes [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wide receiver Percy Harvin did not practice once again. Rex said he has a hip injury that required a shot but that it didn’t respond as well and as quickly as they had hoped. He added Harvin will be “fine” and the team is hoping he will be available for their third preseason game, next Friday against the Steelers.'

Marker Season over for Powell/Wynn; Bills sign a LB and RB [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In addition, the Bills also announced defensive end Erik Williams has been released. There is one open spot on the 90-man roster.'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 14 [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The MRI will determine whether the injury is a pulled hamstring, or merely a strain. Either way, the Bills will be without McCoy against the Cleveland Browns, and considering that hamstring injuries aren’t ones to be messed around with, he’ll likely be out at least a week. After that, it’s all up to the MRI results and how severe the injury actually is.'

Marker Ryan lays out details of Bills injury bug [1:40 AM] reports: 'Ryan has his fingers crossed that Fred Jackson is able to return from his hamstring injury by the team’s third preseason game. “Hopefully he’ll come back for Pittsburgh,” Ryan said.'

Marker 3 things to know from Bills-Browns practice - Day 2 [1:39 AM] reports: '“You want to get things accomplished in the preseason and you need numbers to do so,” said Fred Jackson, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury of his own. “We want to get back out there. Obviously [Boobie Dixon and I] are hurting, but the more numbers that we have, that’s going to take a lot [of reps] off everybody’s plate. So we’ll try to get back out there as soon as we can.”'

Marker Bills add DL Quentin Groves; RB Ricky Seale [1:38 AM] reports: 'Groves, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008. He played in 16 games for the Tennessee Titans last season as a rotational player on their defense. He registered 16 tackles and a sack. He had a career-high 46 tackles and a career-high four sacks three seasons ago for the Arizona Cardinals.'

Marker Pettine and Ryan still tight as ever [1:37 AM] reports: '“I didn’t realize that this guy shooting video was as smart guy as you could be around,” Ryan said of Pettine and his first job with the Ravens. “I’m proud of all the years we spent together and seeing the success that he’s had now I’m really proud of that.”'

Marker Which player helped themselves or hurt themselves the most? [1:36 AM]
Bills Daily reports: The Bill who’s stock not only went up but skyrocketed in the opening preseason loss to Carolina is Tyrod Taylor. He ran with the twos and scored touchdowns on his first two possessions. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards but two of the incompletions were drops. He added 47 yards on six carries and led a 90 yard scoring march.

August 18, 2015

Marker As Bills search for a quarterback, 'Tyrod Taylor Fever' is spreading [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a production-based business,” Whaley said. “He produced with the twos so we’re excited for him to get in there Thursday with the ones to see what he can do. Everybody knows what he can do with his feet. But I’m impressed with a couple of his throws.'

Marker Joint workouts bring a different perspective for Bills and Browns [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It definitely raises the level of intensity,” Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito said. “You’re going against their starting defense. They’ve got a lot of pride. They don’t want to go out there and get pushed around. They’re going against our starting offense. We want to go out there and establish our physical presence, so the level of competition gets picked up.”'

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