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Buffalo Bills News - August 7, 2005

Marker Kelly's loss makes for heavy hearts at Hall [5:06 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'As someone who has known the Kelly family for nearly 20 years, I feel a very personal level of heartache for close friends. However, Hunter's death is something that has touched countless hearts throughout the world because his life counted for so much more than that of an incredibly brave little boy confronting such a horrific illness.'

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August 6, 2005

Marker Hunter Kelly Coverage [6:45 PM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Hunter Kelly Was an Inspiration to Many (WIVB-TV)
Hunter Kelly's Eight Year Fight Against Krabbe's (WIVB-TV)
Hunter's Legacy (WGRZ-TV)
Public service for Hunter Kelly to be held on Tuesday (WKBW-TV)
Krabbe Disease Hits Nervous System (RNews.com)

Marker Bills Show Well In Green Bay Scrimmage [6:45 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team has the weekend off with two practices coming Monday at St.John Fisher beginning at 8:40 and 2:45.'

Marker Special Start for QB J.P. Losman [6:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"He really wasn't flinching," said head coach Mike Mularkey. "He looked comfortable in there. I'm sure there are some things we're going to have to watch the tape and we'll say he should have or could have. But for the most part I was pretty pleased watching him live."'

Marker Losman looks comfortable in start [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We use the term "doesn't flinch,' " said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "He really wasn't flinching. He looked comfortable in there. I'm sure there's some things after we watch the tape that we'll say he should have or could have done. But for the most part I was pretty pleased watching him."'

Marker Knee injury to Lawrence Smith weakens guard spot [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Smith was in a one-on-one, pass-blocking drill with a Packers defensive tackle when his knee buckled as he planted his feet against a bull rush. The injury looked like a hyperextension of the knee, at the least. Smith was standing up checking out the knee after the play, then was taken off the field on a cart. Smith did not play in the scrimmage Friday night.'

Marker A little boy, a local hero [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The family, like with any parents who have lost a child, is devastated," said John Dudek, interim executive director of Hunter's Hope Foundation. "While this was expected for some time, it wasn't expected today."'

Marker Reality bites for rookies [8:53 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"We have the skills. (But) we needed Kurt to get drafted to get more exposure for the school," Gudmundsen said. "So, now, I think things will get rolling and we'll get some more recruits in there and then we'll get some more pro prospects out of there."'

Marker Losman debut solid [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"This was special, as far as my first time goes, playing against my favorite player ever in Brett Favre," Losman said. "I had the jitters just watching him. You're in awe being in Lambeau Field, and you know you have to put it all together. But I still came out and was successful."'

Marker Gandy holds his own against old rival [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Packers director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie noted to Green Bay writers that Buffalo's beefy line is built for the running game, not pass blocking, and could struggle against quicker defensive fronts. "Their offensive linemen are built to be more maulers, that's their makeup. They have trouble with quickness," was McKenzie's take.'

Marker Packers pride inspires Hall of Fame plans for Bills [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After experiencing full-blown Packermania the past two days and taking lots of notes, Bills owner Ralph Wilson and president and general manager Tom Donahoe said on Friday that they plan to proceed with long-discussed plans to build a Bills Hall of Fame on their stadium campus in Orchard Park.'

Marker Hunter Kelly dies at age 8 [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The boy was rushed to a hospital after he spiked a fever and stopped breathing, said John Dudek, spokesman for Hunter's Hope Foundation. He had experienced increased difficulty breathing the day before, and was scheduled to go the hospital Friday to be examined. "It's a very emotional day," Dudek said. "When you have a child with a terminal disease, you know that someday he will be gone. But this was a surprise."'

Marker Bills, Packers scrimmage at sold-out Lambeau Field [5:00 AM]
AP reports: 'There just wasn't much offense on either side.'

Marker Bills Dominate Pack in Scrimmage [4:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But make no mistake, the Bills dominated the scrimmage on both sides of the ball, from the first unit down to the final reserves.'

Marker Hunter Kelly Leaves Ongoing Legacy [4:58 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Let’s not forget either, Jim has one heck of a teammate in wife Jill, who has proven to any doubters she is far deeper than the stereotypical beautiful blonde some might associate with an NFL star. Without ever meaning for it to happen, Jill became an articulate and passionate media star in her own right, often making personal appearances Jim couldn’t make without their message missing a beat.'

Marker Hunter Kelly Was 'So Tough' [4:57 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"He's taking it pretty tough, that's his little buddy. It's just not natural for a parent to outlive their children. Obviously this is a tough day for him."'

Marker Mularkey Pleased with First Joint Practice [4:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I think we got a lot of good work," head coach Mike Mularkey said at the conclusion of the joint workout. "We had a number of different sessions, the blitz, the inside run, and a simulated team period. We got a lot of things done and I liked the way we finished the practice. That was important because it was about as close to a game simulation as you can have."'

Marker Bills extend invite for next season [4:56 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: '“They’re welcome to come to our place next year,” Donahoe said. “We’ll invite them right now.”'

Marker Saturday's Green Bay Coverage [4:55 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
It’s too early to judge in QB battle (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Sander has up-and-down scrimmage (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Rookie Hawkins impresses Bates (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Bills extend invite for next season (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Family Night scrimmage attracts record attendance (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Kids out in full force for Packers Family Night (Green Bay Press Gazette)
On the fence with fan Mike Beck (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Not ready for prime time (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Competition at guard heats up (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Davenport leaves after injury to ankle (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Rough night for Rodgers (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Practicing patience (Wisconsin State Journal)
Packers fans, start to worry (Sheboygan Press)
"Family Night" Resembles Regular Season Game (Packers.com)
Family Night Training Camp Notebook (Packers.com)

Marker Corey Simon: His demands keep Birds from dealing him [4:54 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'A report in the Trenton Times on Friday said the Buffalo Bills are among the teams interested in Simon, but Eagles president Joe Banner said yesterday that the Eagles had not heard from them.'

August 5, 2005

Marker The Kelly’s sorrow became a public crusade to raise awareness and money for Krabbe disease [7:58 PM]
WHEC-TV reports: '"Back when my son was born there was no treatment, now there is. "When we started realizing that there are children like Hunter that were diagnosed early enough and they were walking, talking and smiling I can see that every year you see the quality of life they have."'

Marker Hunter Kelly, Son of Jim & Jill Kelly, Dies [7:57 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'He was the longest-living sufferer of infantile Krabbe disease.'

Marker Bills, Pataki Send Condolences To Kelly Family [7:45 PM]
WBEN-AM reports: 'Governor Pataki says "it was Jim and Jim Kelly who last year, along with other parents of ill children, helped New York State establish the most comprehensive free newborn screening in the nation. Later this year, New York will be the first state in the nation to add the recently developed test for Krabbe Disease to its newborn screening program."'

Marker Hunter Kelly, 8, Dies [7:33 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'There will be no public calling hours prior to a public memorial service, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, Erie County. A link to the church's web site is found below.'

Marker Jim Kelly's son passes away [7:24 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"It's been written that the trademark of my career was toughness," Jim Kelly said in 2002. "The toughest person I ever met in my life was my son, my hero, Hunter. I love you, buddy."'

Marker Statement Regarding Passing of Hunter Kelly [3:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills encourage everyone to keep Hunter’s legacy alive with the support of Hunter’s Hope, which has made tremendous strides through the tireless efforts of Jim and Jill, and others in the attempt to find a cure for Krabbe’s disease.'

Marker Son of Jim Kelly passes away [2:31 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The foundation, which was formed in 1997, has raised more than $6 million and awarded more than $3.8 million in grants for research related to curing Krabbe Disease. Kelly has become a national spokesman, advocating for further medical research about the disease.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2005 Season Preview [2:30 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills appear destined to finish third, and with enough improvement by the new-look Dolphins, could realistically descend to the AFC East basement.'

Marker Jim Kelly's son, Hunter, dies [12:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The Kelly family was preparing to issue a press release later in the day, Dan Kelly said.'

Marker Hunter Kelly Loses Battle With Krabbe's Disease [12:30 PM]
WBEN-AM reports: 'The son of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has lost his life-long battle with the genetic disorder Krabbe's Disease.'

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