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Buffalo Bills News - August 30, 2014

Marker Bills' Watkins ''good to go,'' per report [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins suffered the injury on a slant pattern over the middle of the field. An inaccurate throw led the wideout a bit too far and Detroit linebacker Ashlee Palmer ran over and landed a forearm right into the rookie's bruised ribs.'

Marker Bills sign Sanborn to three-year, $3.3m extension [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to a league source, Sanborn's new contract is a three-year extension that will pay a total of $3.3 million over the lifetime of the deal. The three years are tacked on to the final year of his current contract, so he's not set to hit free agency again until March of 2018.'

Marker Urbik, Graham on the trade block? [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to two separate reports, guard Kraig Urbik and wide receiver T.J. Graham are being shopped by the Bills.'

Marker Bills' cuts include QB Palmer [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Palmer, who joined the Bills after he was let go by the Chicago Bears, did not last a week in Buffalo.'

Marker Tracking the Bills' march to 53 [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills announced the release of 10 players and the placement of three players on to Injured Reserve. The roster is currently at 62, and subtracting one spot for Bradham, they'll need to cut eight more players by Saturday afternoon.'

Marker Bills 53-man roster projection: 8/29 [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills' quarterback position is nearly one of the worst in the league in terms of depth. Thad Lewis was a disappointment in the summer, Jeff Tuel hasn't taken the next step the Bills were hoping for and Jordan Palmer didn't show the necessary arm strength against backups to prove he was worthy of a roster spot. Even though the Bills might only keep two quarterbacks initially, don't expect only Manuel and Tuel to make up this roster. There has to be an additional move coming, they can't go into the season with their current trio, or in this case, duo.'

Marker LS Garrison Sanborn signs extension with Bills [1:39 AM] reports: 'Sanborn has been the team’s primary long snapper for the past five seasons. The 6-1, 240-pound Florida State product has played in all 80 games since 2009.'

Marker Bills reduce roster to 62 ahead of 53-man deadline [1:38 AM] reports: 'LB Xavius Boyd, DT Landon Cohen, TE Dominique Jones, CB Kamaal McIlwain, CB Sam Miller, P Brian Moorman, QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, WR Naaman Roosevelt, OL Jared Wheeler.'

Marker Brian Moorman's open letter to Buffalo [1:37 AM] reports: 'We didn't only meet great fans; we met great people.'

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Marker Disturbing performance at 'The Ralph' [12:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'A friends and family crowd generously listed at 57,247 — the newly-refurbished stadium was barely half full — saw nary a single indication that this team, on the verge of being sold, is one bit ready to take on the Bears in Chicago a week from Sunday.'

Marker Jeff Tuel, T.J. Graham among 5 Buffalo Bills on bubble [8:26 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Marrone insists Brian Moorman has been punting well in practice, but games have been a different story for the veteran. He has shanked punts in consecutive preseason games and isn't nearly consistent as the Bills need him to be. If a better punter ends up on the waiver wire, the Bills could make a move.'

Marker Offense gives ungainly effort for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The running game in particular looked stuck during the starting offense’s three possessions. On five carries – Spiller’s two and three by Bryce Brown – the running game accounted for minus-1 yard.'

Marker Forward progress seems out of reach for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s probably for the best that they open on the road. If fans booed in the preseason, there’s no telling how they’ll react if it’s this bad when the games count.'

Marker Toughest stretch at end [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The start of the schedule isn’t brutal, so the Bills should be able to keep their hopes up and stay in the race through Thanksgiving. The toughest stretch is at the end. The upside there is maybe bad weather can be an equalizer for the Bills against some strong teams.'

Marker Sammy Watkins injured as Bills’ lose preseason finale [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Manuel played the first three series, covering the entire first quarter. He was 3-for-7 for 56 yards but was sacked twice and missed at least one wide-open receiver on a medium-range throw.'

Marker Sammy Watkins injured, Jordan Palmer struggles in 23-0 loss [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But the 23-0 loss was more of the same for EJ Manuel and company. The first-team offense took three series. Manuel completed three passes and was sacked twice, while rookie receiver Sammy Watkins re-injured his ribs on his only target of the night.'

Marker Doug Marrone isn't comfortable with Jeff Tuel as Buffalo Bills' backup quarterback [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The reality is Tuel hadn't been much better than Lewis was before he was cut. And Palmer threw three interceptions after having only a few days to learn the playbook before being thrown into the fire on Thursday.'

Marker Sammy Watkins injury the final straw in an underwhelming preseason for Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Nothing with Watkins went as planned, and not a whole lot else did for the Bills this preseason. It is just the preseason, and the games don't count, but Marrone would have preferred to see fewer penalties from his time, more consistency at quarterback and maybe a few more wins.'

Marker Sammy Watkins injury a tough blow, and 5 observations from Bills preseason loss to Lions [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'To be fair, Palmer had only a few days to prepare for the game Thursday, but the result was ugly. Palmer was intercepted three times and completed only nine of his 22 passes for 73 yards. Jeff Tuel didn't take a single snap, so Palmer isn't likely to pass him on the depth chart anytime soon.'

Marker Bills rookie Watkins injured in pre-season game [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With an offensive line more fragile than its quarterback, what good could have come from starting Manuel and company other than to soothe the sore feelings of being booed off the field five days earlier at half-time of a game that they trailed 24-0? A meaningless touchdown drive against a Lions defence resting most of its starters, including hulking tackle Ndamukong Suh? Hardly.''

Marker Friday's Detroit Coverage [1:50 AM] reports:
Lions' Kellen Moore makes his case, defense shines in shutout of Bills (Detroit News)
Lions competition at receiver remains fierce as cutdown looms (Detroit News)
Lions rookie Kyle Van Noy has core muscle surgery, to miss start of regular season (Detroit News)
Lions leave James Ihedigbo behind for Buffalo trip for treatment on ailment (Detroit News)
Lions blank Bills in preseason finale (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit Lions' Kyle Van Noy undergoes core muscle surgery, will miss start of season (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit Lions' Dominic Raiola recalls being 'terrified' of getting cut (Detroit Free Press)
Kellen Moore shines as starters rest; Detroit finishes preseason 3-1 (Ann Arbor News)
Detroit Lions haven't ruled out short-term IR for Kyle Van Noy; James Ihedigbo hurting (Ann Arbor News)
Kellen Moore outplays Dan Orlovsky in preseason, but that might not be enough to make Detroit Lions (Ann Arbor News)
Kellen Moore, Ryan Broyles standouts in preseason finale (Oakland Press)
Lions rest starters, still rout Bills 23-0 (Fox Sports Detroit)
Recap: Lions at Bills (
Caldwell 'not certain' when Van Noy will return (
The Case for Kellen Moore (
Four players who made a statement in Buffalo (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Photo gallery (AP)

Marker There’s tough, then there’s ‘Kelly tough’ [1:50 AM]
Goochland Gazette reports: 'But, Jim Kelly is more than that. He’s a great father, a trusted brother, a devoted husband ... and an inspiration to parents like me for years to come.'

Marker Bills lose game, WR Watkins to rib injury [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo (1-4) continued to sputter on offense and could now be without Watkins for its opener at Chicago on Sept. 7. Watkins did not play against Tampa Bay last Saturday after bruising his ribs a week earlier at Pittsburgh.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins hurts ribs against Lions [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Watkins was hurt on Buffalo's second possession, when he cut in from the right side on a slant pattern. Quarterback EJ Manuel never looked Watkins off and was a little late on the throw. Watkins reached out to knock down the ball, when he was hit by linebacker Ashlee Palmer.'

Marker Lions resting many starters in preseason finale [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills (1-3) are resting cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Corey Graham and tight ends Scott Chandler, Lee Smith (toe) and Tony Moeaki.'

Marker Detroit 23, Buffalo 0 [1:46 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo played many of its starters to begin the game, and saw the plan backfire on them as first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins left the game on the team's second drive.'

Marker Bills' Watkins reinjures ribs [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins walked slowly to the sideline and was examined by team doctors before he was escorted by the medical staff to the locker room.'

Marker Lions Blank Bills 23-0; Watkins Injured [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Most of the Bills starters were pulled from the game early, including EJ Manuel who lasted three series. Manuel was sacked twice and went 3 of 8 for 56 yards on the evening, as the Buffalo offense struggled to move the ball. His replacement, newly-acquired Jordan Palmer, fared no better. Palmer was picked off by Isa Abdul-Quddus and four players later, the Lions were in the end zone, a 1-yard touchdown toss from Kellen Moore to Jeremy Ross. Detroit went up 17-0 on Moore's second scoring pass of the evening, a 25-yard attempt to Corey Fuller.'

Marker Watkins suffers 2nd rib injury in Bills preseason finale [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team initially declared his return as questionable but then downgraded him to out shortly thereafter. For the time being, Watkins’ injury status is unknown, although Manuel said, “he’ll be fine” in response to the wideout’s current condition. The injury is to the same area as the one he suffered in Pittsburgh.'

Marker We learned nothing from the preseason [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I wish I had better news for you. The best news is none of this counted. Manuel has played just 10 regular season games in the NFL. I don’t know how he’s going to get his accuracy better, but we get to find out for real a week from Sunday.'

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