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Buffalo Bills News - September 13, 2014

Marker Bills to play Sunday without LB Rivers [1:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is expected to return to the lineup after missing last week's game with a groin injury. He practiced all week and is listed as probable.'

Marker Bills declare LB Rivers out vs. Dolphins [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With Bradham due to return from a one-game suspension, he re-enters the starting lineup as the team’s weakside linebacker. The Bills will look to either rookie Preston Brown or Ty Powell to start in Rivers’ place at the strongside position. Brown started for the Bills at that spot in Week One.'

Marker Manny Lawson is Mr. Reliable [1:43 AM] reports: '“He’s a very versatile player,” said fellow end Jerry Hughes. “He can play numerous positions on the field. He’s a big, strong, tall fella. With those attributes right there I don’t see how he couldn’t help [any team]. Here he helps us out tremendously, just by having those attributes. Being able to get on the field, find a way to get to the ball, no matter who has it. It speaks huge for him. His football IQ is off the wall.”'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills vs. Dolphins [1:42 AM] reports: 'The Bills were effective on offense against Chicago last week because 60 percent of their first downs went for four yards or more. That will have to continue that Sunday so offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has more of the playbook to work with on second and third down. It’ll also keep Miami’s pass rush from pinning their ears back with fewer true passing situations.'

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September 12, 2014

Marker Something goes right for Bills fans [1:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And now, pending approval from the NFL’s owners, they will own the Bills, ensuring that the franchise remains in the Buffalo area. The Pegulas were so determined to get the Bills and keep them in Western New York that their reported bid — a record $1.4 billion — was basically meant to blow any other potential ownership group out of the water. It appears they succeeded.'

Marker Pegulas' purchase of Bills gives fans plenty to 'Shout!' about [10:26 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'This has been a giddy run of late for Bills fans. First, Kelly announces he is cancer-free. Then, Buffalo upsets the Bears in the season opener. And now Terry and Kim Pegula ensure that the Bills will be staying put for a long, long time. It’s enough to make Bills fans “Shout!” for generations to come.'

Marker Woods mindset is to be Bills’ No. 1 receiver [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You want to be the best. You don’t ever come into a situation saying, ‘I want to be the No. 2.’ As long as you push yourself to be your absolute best, that’s the right mindset,” Woods said. “I’m excited to have another explosive player who deserved that pick. But I’m going to challenge him. I’m going to challenge Mike Williams. I’m going to fight to be the No. 1 receiver in this room. That will elevate this offense and this whole team.”'

Marker Rookie Schmidt punted well past expectations [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I give him a lot of credit. He worked hard all week. I said it after the game: Our rookie punter against their rookie punter would be one of the keys,” Marrone said. “Field-position wise, we won that battle and he did his part. I was happy for him. Not knowing him that well or that long, I’m sure he’s like everyone else in this league that’s put a lot of time into becoming a good player.”'

Marker Excitement soaring for Bills’ home opener [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But as for buying tickets on the secondary market, good luck.'

Marker Bills fan spared jail term in sliding fall at stadium [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Prosecutors and the victim’s attorney urged Pace to impose the maximum sentence of one year behind bars on charges of second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree assault.'

Marker ‘The Curse’ finally ends for Buffalo [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now, by buying the Bills, he met a qualification that many felt was unfillable: a locally based multibillionaire whose commitment was so deep he would turn his back on untold millions in additional profit to be made in a bigger burg.'

Marker Keeping up with the Pegulas: low-profile visit at high time [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sources in a position to know say the couple tends to keep to themselves, and they rarely are seen out in public or running in the typical social circles that attract some of the city’s other movers and shakers. With the exception of an occasional visit to Sinatra’s restaurant on Kenmore Avenue in North Buffalo, that is.'

Marker Manuel gaining ground as Bills leader [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It wasn't unexpected; he is the quarterback of this team," Jackson said. "When you have a guy like that on offense, he's going to do his part. That's why I think everybody in this locker room is rallying behind him, because he wants to get this things turned around and he wants to be the guy to help turn it around."'

Marker Bills vs. Dolphins Week 2 injury report: Keith Rivers misses another practice [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Buffalo is in a lot better shape than the Dolphins are injury-wise.'

Marker Robert Woods is asked if he's better than Sammy Watkins in interview with ESPN [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think he’s a good receiver," Woods said. "I wouldn’t say that he’s better, no."'

Marker Preston Brown prepared to replace Keith Rivers after stepping in for Nigel Bradham in Week 1 [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It was very difficult for me, having to watch it on TV for the first time and not be a part of my team," Bradham said. "That was the first time that ever happened to me in my life. It's just one of those situations you never want to be in again."'

Marker Buffalo Bills tickets most expensive they've ever been before a regular-season game, resale site say [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The buzz is growing around Orchard Park. In addition to the new owners, the Bills are also coming off a surprising 23-20 overtime win on the road against the Chicago Bears. The Dolphins, a longtime Bills rival, are also 1-0 after upsetting the Patriots in Week 1. Ticket prices for a Bills home game haven't been this pricey since 2012, when the Bills hosted the Patriots ($97 per ticket), according to SeatGeek.'

Marker Seantrel Henderson vs. Cameron Wake: Doug Marrone confident in rookie against Dolphins defensive end [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I've seen a lot of quickness and explosiveness from him," Henderson said. "He obviously had a good game against New England. We've got guys like him on our team that I've been going up against all week, so I think I'm pretty ready to go against him."'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan sentenced to community service for fall from upper deck that hurt spectator [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The game broadcast showed Hopkins sliding down a 300-level railing and falling to the 200 level of the stadium. Hopkins injured his shoulder, while the fan he landed on suffered a head injury.'

Marker Miami Dolphins secondary bracing for trio of speedy Buffalo Bills receivers [1:46 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'That’s assuming E.J. Manuel is actually permitted to throw the ball. In the Bills’ 23-20 Week 1 upset in Chicago, Buffalo passed just 22 times – compared to 33 Bills runs. No Buffalo receiver had more than four catches. That figures to be the Bills’ strategy again Sunday, particularly with Miami’s banged up defense.'

Marker Dolphins OL might face biggest challenge of season vs. Buffalo [1:45 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo's four-man defensive line might be the best the Dolphins will see all season with Williams (13.0 sacks last season/Pro Bowl berth) and Jerry Hughes (10 sacks) on the ends, and tackles Kyle Williams (10.5 sacks) and Marcell Dareus (7.5 sacks/Pro Bowl berth) in the middle.'

Marker Five reasons I'm picking Dolphins 30, Bills 20 [1:44 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins showed an effective 5-2 defense against New England - and Buffalo would be the perfect team to use it against. Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle should have got more credit for playing to his strenghts (defensive linemen) and away from his weaknesses (linebackers) in the Patriots game. Getting tackles Earl Mitchell, Jared Odrick and Randy Starks in the game together should go a ways toward negating the Bills running game. It also would demand quarterback E.J. Manuel to carry the load and he hasn't shown an ability to do that (though he completed 16 of 22 passes for 173 yards, a touchdown, an interception an 91.7 rating in the opener).'

Marker Friday's Miami Coverage [1:43 AM] reports:
Miami Dolphins secondary bracing for trio of speedy Buffalo Bills receivers (Miami Herald)
If wife can forgive Ray Rice, we can too (Miami Herald)
Former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner hires attorney to challenge claims in bullying report (Miami Herald)
Dolphins OL might face biggest challenge of season vs. Buffalo (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Randy Starks' impressive consecutive games played streak could be snapped (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Five reasons I'm picking Dolphins 30, Bills 20 (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Who has the edge? Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Improved play not surprising to Miami Dolphins offensive line (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins LB Philip Wheeler says he expects to play Sunday (Palm Beach Post)
Miko Grimes, wife of Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes, assesses Game 2 (Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Post predictions for Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins O-Line Gets Another Measuring Stick With Bills' Pass Rush (
McCain Returns To Practice; Other Notes (
Dolphins-Bills Thursday Injury Updates (
Moreno Named FedEx Ground Player of the Week (
Dolphins Reflect On 13th Anniversary Of 9/11 (

Marker Bills fan who fell on man gets community service [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'He could have received up to a year in jail at his sentencing Thursday evening in Orchard Park Town Court. Instead, the judge imposed community service and a $1,000 fine.'

Marker Dolphins-Bills Preview [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'Spiller, Jackson and their teammates might have to work a little harder against Miami, which limited New England to 89 rushing yards, its lowest rushing total against the Dolphins in 12 games dating to the 2008 season.'

Marker Dolphins-Bills capsule [1:40 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills swept season series last year for first time since 2007, winning both games with backup QB Thad Lewis starting in place of injured rookie EJ Manuel. Lewis was cut two weeks before start of this season.'

Marker Miami (1-0) at Buffalo (1-0) [1:39 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Dolphins 24, Bills 14.'

Marker Wee 2 preview: Dolphins at Bills [1:38 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo's underrated backfield presents a major challenge for Miami's injury-dinged defense but the Bills' fortunes come down to error-free play from QB EJ Manuel, who must show he won't fold when the Dolphins force quick decisions from the pocket.'

Marker Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Dolphins [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills ran the ball for 193 yards against the Bears. They popped off 5.85 yards per run, 4th best in the NFL after one weekend. The Dolphins allowed 4.45 yards per run last week (18th in NFL) and will most likely now be without ALL THREE starting linebackers against the Bills. Phillip Wheeler and Koa Misi appear to be out, and Dannell Ellerbe was placed on IR, ending his season.'

Marker Upon Further Review: Bills at Bears [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Despite the solid performance, Manuel also showed some of his negative tendencies from last year. On a first quarter throw, Manuel failed to look up field after his first read and settled for a dump down to fullback Frank Summers. Had he kept his eyes up, he would have noticed a wide open Woods in the same line of vision.'

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