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Buffalo Bills News - August 21, 2014

Marker Graham’s boyhood dream becomes reality Saturday with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I was a big fan of Steve Tasker,” Graham said. “It’s rare because a lot of kids don’t choose special-teamers, but I just admired how hard he worked and the way he went about doing things.”'

Marker Wood-Johnson scrap enlivens practice [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Before the fight could be broken up, tight end Scott Chandler had tackled Johnson to the ground. Chandler’s helmet also was torn off. An incensed Wood marched toward Johnson and repeatedly yelled, “I’ll ------ kill you!”'

Marker Brooks steps in [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the second straight practice, backup quarterback Thad Lewis saw no meaningful action in team drills. Jeff Tuel took all of the second-team snaps. Lewis was the primary backup last year and started five games.'

Marker Kelly got ‘great news’ about cancer treatment in visit to N.Y. City hospital, doctor says [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly will now “undergo a series of tests to determine if any further treatment will be necessary,” Costantino said. “Should treatment be required, it would likely consist of surgery followed by a form of highly focused radiation referred to as gamma knife therapy. It is possible that no further treatment will be required, and the testing over the next week will define this issue.”'

Marker Offensive line remix for Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The continuity thing that people kind of harp on, the question is would you rather have continuity and not play as well, or would you rather have your best five out there and give them a shot and continuity will be created as we play. My philosophy has always been the best five.”'

Marker Jim Kelly will undergo further tests, but initial tests show no evidence of cancer [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'So for now, it's good news for Kelly, but the family is still asking for prayers as they await the results of the rest of the tests.'

Marker Buffalo Bills place linebacker Stevenson Sylvester on injured reserve [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The injury creates more opportunity for players such as Preston Brown and Jimmy Gaines to get significant reps at weak-side linebacker. Bills coach Doug Marrone mentioned that the team is cross-training players for different positions late in camp. Brown, specifically, has been moving around to the different linebacker spots after spending most of his time at middle linebacker early in camp.'

Marker Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has Twitter account hacked, changes password from 'Billsfan1234' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '“Clearly, that wasn’t his doing and, the password has already been changed," spokesperson Richard Azzpardi said. "It’s no longer Billsfan1234."'

Marker Eric Wood at center of fight and 5 observations from Buffalo Bills training camp [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'During a goal-line drill, undrafted rookie defensive end Bryan Johnson stayed engaged in a block with center Eric Wood for a bit too long. Wood let him know it, and Johnson ripped Wood's helmet off. Scott Chandler and Chris Williams were among those who got involved, but Wood and Johnson were at the center of it. Johnson hit Wood with two punches while Wood's helmet was off and Johnson's helmet was on.'

Marker A face for hope in sports, Jim Kelly rewarded with superb news [1:50 AM]
New York Post reports: '“I want to live many years more,” he said then. “But if that’s not God’s plan, it means I’ll get to see Hunter sooner than expected.”'

Marker Jim Kelly's doctor says quarterback has 'no evidence' of cancer [1:49 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '“If he gets to five years, then you could say we’re moving away from remission and no evidence of the disease to saying there’s a really high probability of cure,” Jacoub said. “We don’t use the word 'cured' now. We don’t use it in the next few years. He’s still under surveillance because it could recur again in the same region he was treated in.”'

Marker Jim Kelly's follow-up exam shows no sign of cancer [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Kelly's wife Jill welcomed the news in a note posted on her Instagram account. "We have come away from our checkup visit in NYC encouraged and hopeful," she wrote.'

Marker Bills place LB Sylvester on injured reserve [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Sylvester missed the past two practices at training camp because of a knee injury.'

Marker Jim Kelly has no evidence of cancer [1:46 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly's pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal. Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of cancer," Dr. Peter Constantino said in a statement released by The New York Head & Neck Institute at Lenox Hospital in Manhattan.'

Marker Ex-Bills QB Kelly gets positive medical report [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly's pain and his level of function has essentially returned to normal," Costantino said.'

Marker Jim Kelly's doctor: ''No evidence of the cancer'' [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly's pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal," said Dr. Peter Costantino. "Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of cancer."'

Marker Bills' Marrone may change things up [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A full scale brawl got going on the goal line between Eric Wood and Bryan Johnson. Most of the players got involved, but Doug Marrone wasn’t impressed, “I don’t think there’s any place in this game for any kind of scuffles. We put some new plays in and we fumbled the snap at the one yard line, so that’s what happens when those things occur.”'

Marker Bills GM pinpoints growth in Manuel [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“When you have a quarterback you want a guy that is decisive and not only with his decision making on the field, but with his decision making even when he is spitting out an offensive play” Whaley said. “A guy that can command the huddle and has a presence around him, which we saw at Florida State. That’s something we’re looking for and we’re starting to see it. A guy who looks comfortable and has a presence about him as far as the whole essence of being a quarterback.”'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 20 [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'At Wednesday’s practice, the Bills had their biggest training camp fight since Aaron Maybin drew the ire of his teammates for a hit on Fred Jackson back in 2010.'

Marker Bills preseason home opener sold out [1:40 AM] reports: 'The first 30,000 kids ages 14 and under to enter the gates will receive a pair of Bills sunglasses courtesy of Independent Health. The Kids Day events kick off at 12:30 p.m. in lot 4 with a youth-themed tailgate party including interactive games, face painting, a magician, and the introduction of Stampede, the brand new Buffalo Bills Drum Corp.'

Marker LB Stevenson Sylvester placed on IR [1:39 AM] reports: 'The Bills placed LB Stevenson Sylvester on injured reserve on Wednesday.'

Marker Marcus Easley's career anything but easy [1:38 AM] reports: '“My heart went crazy. I don’t know how,” he said. “It felt like it was ready to jump out of my chest. It started when we were just jogging out routes. I was out of breath and didn’t know why. Then we went to do routes on air and I remember I ran an in route in the red zone and I caught it and I was just gasping for air. My heart was racing.”'

Marker 4 things to take from Wednesday’s practice [1:37 AM] reports: '“I’m working towards it,” Gilmore told “I’ve still got a lot to do to get where I want to be. It’s one thing to get to where I was last year or my rookie year, but I want to be way better than that, so I’m just trying to put the work in to be that guy. I’m trying to do whatever it takes to be good.”'

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August 20, 2014

Marker Dixon could help Bills at goal line [1:19 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“I've definitely got all the abilities,” Dixon said. “I'm just getting everything right mentally, so I'm not making mental errors. I'm getting in my playbook and executing when my number is called. Once I get that part down, the sky's the limit.”'

Marker Difficult cuts ahead for Marrone [11:57 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The hardest thing, and I speak from experience, you go into the locker room on the day of the final cut and you don’t know whether you’re going to make the team or not. Your life’s going to go one of two different ways. Either you’re going to be an NFL football player ... everyone in your family, everyone that’s followed you your whole career is going to be congratulating you, thanking you and it’s just going to be a great experience for everyone. Or you find yourself saying, “What’s next? What do I do? Do I continue to play? Do I move on with my life?’”'

Marker Bills Dareus looks ahead, focused on football [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“If I do, or when I do, that’ll be something I have to take up with them,” he said. “I’m not really discussing that. … When we get to that point, we’ll get there. When I talk with them and I hear from them, that’s when I’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on.”'

Marker Bills’ Manuel excited about his perfect day [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I would say today was an in-season Wednesday practice for us,” quarterback EJ Manuel said. “It went great going against a scout team. We did a great job. I don’t think we had the ball on the ground at all throughout the team period and the 7-on-7s. We had all completions, so I’m very excited about that, obviously want to keep that going.”'

Marker Kelly travels to New York City for follow-up testing [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Kelly is battling cancer that spread to his maxillary sinus cavity and adjacent tissues. He’s received treatments to fight countless microscopic tumors that spread up the infraorbital nerve in his head and are close to the carotid artery. He was at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan for an MRI, the results of which were not immediately available late Tuesday.'

Marker Bills’ Cohen has been a camp surprise [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He’s been around a lot,” coach Doug Marrone said of Cohen, who is now playing for his sixth team in the NFL since coming out of Ohio University as a seventh-round draft pick of the Lions in 2008. “He’s made some plays for us. He just needs to continue to show that he can make more plays and he’ll have an opportunity to make this team.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills’ Marcell Dareus speaks to media [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I’m just trying to stay focused,” Dareus said during a six-minute exchange. “A lot of issues come from other people and they distract you from what you're main focus and goal is, so I’ve been keeping my eyes on the prize and doing the best I can. Mentally I’m in a good state and I'm just happy to be back out here.”'

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