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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2014

Marker Frank Reich All Business in Return to Buffalo [10:16 PM]
Chargers.com reports: '“It’s good to go back to Buffalo,” he said. “There are a lot of good memories there, but this is a business trip. I get back there a few times a year for pleasure, but this is a different kind of trip. So you go there, you’ve got one task in mind and you focus on that.”'

Marker Bills WRs Watkins, Woods enjoy complementary start [10:15 PM]
AP reports: '"We used to compete with them," Woods said, referring to the Clemson tandem of Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. "It was my last year, and one day they had four touchdowns between them. And we were like, 'All right, we've got to get four, too.'"'

Marker Buffalo Bills jersey sales up 800 percent since Terry and Kim Pegula agreed to buy team [10:15 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Fred Jackson and Sammy Watkins are the two Bills with the most popular jerseys as of late. In the last week, Jackson's jersey has been No. 19 in sales nationwide after being the No. 34 selling jersey this year to date. Watkins, meanwhile, has the No. 2 selling jersey among rookies behind Johnny Manziel. His jersey was also the No. 13 selling jersey among all players in the last week.'

Marker Bills WR Woods misses practice with ankle injury [5:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone provided no details on the nature or seriousness of the injury except to say Woods was hurt near the end of practice Wednesday.'

Marker San Diego (1-1) at Buffalo (2-0) [5:47 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Chargers 24, Bills 20.'

Marker Week 3 preview: Chargers at Bills [5:47 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Our pick: Bills.'

Marker Bills-Chargers sold out [5:46 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills still have club level seats available for the Chargers contest, but all other tickets have been sold. There are said to be only club level seats available for the October 12 matchup with New England and the October 19 game against Minnesota as well.'

Marker Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Chargers [5:45 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'One way Seattle did it last week which I really liked - and something the Bills worked a lot on in camp and have used a few times already this season - is with QB rollouts. The Hawks got Russell Wilson on the move and gave him options on the edge.'

Marker Bills without Woods at Thursday's practice [5:45 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Right now, he wouldn't be able to play," the coach said.'

Marker Sunday's Bills-Chargers game sold out [5:44 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In a halftime ceremony, legendary Bills wide receiver Andre Reed will be presented with his official Pro Football Hall of Fame ring by representatives from the Hall of Fame. The first 30,000 fans through the gates will receive an Andre Reed Hall of Fame themed “MyFanClip.”'

Marker Chargers Game Preview [5:43 PM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 31, Chargers 27.'

Marker Trio of rookies key part of Bills 2-0 start [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I thought I’d just be on special teams. Maybe I’d work my way in on situational defenses, goal line, something like that. I never knew I’d be playing so much,” Brown said of his expectations back in the spring after being drafted. “I’m just trying to take it in stride and learn as much as possible.”'

Marker Henderson turns corner with Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It wasn’t just the fact that I smoked pot in college,” Henderson said Wednesday. “I went through a lot of things, family friends and friends dying. I didn’t how to handle them from a distance. At the same time, I had a daughter that I’m away from, which was hard for me.”'

Marker Marrone hopes bad news raises awareness [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a situation where the league – which obviously I’m not involved with as far as the Manhattan headquarters – but I think it’s an opportunity for them to come out and be able to, whether it be from an awareness standpoint or a policy standpoint, I think it’s an opportunity to for us to do good,” Marrone said after practice Wednesday. “Not just for the NFL, but for all of sports. I hope that gets accomplished, and I’m sure it will.”'

Marker NFL finance committee recommends Pegulas to be Bills owners [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Grubman called the recommendation a crucial step in making the Bills’ transfer from Ralph Wilson’s trust official. That should happen when NFL owners vote at the annual fall meeting Oct. 8 in Manhattan.'

Marker The Bills make teens want to shout [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Many others teens I spoke to agreed that the Ralph is too isolated and said that having a football team in the same area as Coca-Cola Field and First Niagara Center would make Buffalo an even greater place to visit.'

Marker Buffalo Bills red zone offense needs work [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Red-zone offense has been an ongoing problem for the Bills. Last year they scored touchdowns on just 34 percent of their penetrations, which ranked them a woeful 29th in the league. Never mind that the Bills led the league in overall scoring percentage on red zone trips — 95.4 percent. That was due to Dan Carpenter’s reliable field goal kicking.'

Marker Bills' C.J. Spiller wins award [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Spiller returned a third-quarter kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown to give the Bills a 16-3 lead against the Dolphins. It was his second career kickoff return TD. This is Spiller's second special teams player of the week award; he also won the award in Week 3 of his rookie 2010 season.'

Marker Are the San Diego Chargers at disadvantage traveling to Buffalo for early game with Bills? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I really think we handle it here," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. "In our building it's a non-issue. It's not brought up, there's nothing to talk about. We practice every day in the 10 o'clock hour every day of the week. We're in here at 7 o'clock as far as team stuff. We have a lot of guys that are in here before then. It really is a non-issue. We have to go there, get ready to play and kick it off."'

Marker Antonio Gates, still a Pro Bowl player, presents tough matchup for Buffalo Bills in Week 3 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's still got it, man," Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham said. "It's actually kind of amazing to see him, I don't know, it's like he gets better every year."'

Marker Doug Marrone: Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson situations provide opportunity for NFL 'do the right thing' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think it's a situation where the league, which obviously I'm not involved with as far as the Manhattan headquarters, but I think it's an opportunity for them to come out and be able to, whether it be from an awareness standpoint or a policy standpoint, I think it's an opportunity to for us to do good," Marrone said Wednesday. "Not just for the NFL, but for all of sports. I hope that gets accomplished, and I'm sure it will."'

Marker Keith Rivers, Robert Woods limited in practice [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The only player who missed practice on Wednesday was linebacker Randell Johnson, who sustained a knee injury in the Bills' Week 2 win over the Dolphins. On Tuesday, the Bills signed linebacker Larry Dean to the active roster, so they shouldn't have a huge problem replacing Johnson if need be.'

Marker Donald Trump says $1.4 billion bid from Pegulas was a 'high price' for Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's good, and I wish them a lot of luck, but that's a very high price for the team," Trump said. "I looked at the team very closely, and I wish them a lot of luck as the expression goes."'

Marker Sammy Watkins dominant, and 5 takeaways from the win [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here are a few things that stood out about Watkins and the rest of the Bills after re-watching the win over the Dolphins.'

Marker There's no more denying Bills need new home [1:46 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'All I can say is that my base reaction to the new and improved Ralph is: $130 million doesn’t seem to buy as much as it used to.'

Marker Thursday's San Diego Coverage [1:45 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Chargers' depth showing up early (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers' D, Pagano show off GM's speed moves (San Diego Union Tribune)
No Flowers, Attaochu for mindful Chargers (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers LB experiences game-day birth (San Diego Union Tribune)
Injury creates opportunity for Chargers rookie Oliver (Riverside Press Enterprise)
Gates highlights AFC's top players (The Sports Network)
Hot Chargers eager to face unbeaten Bills (The Sports Xchange)
Special Teams Vital Against Buffalo (Chargers.com)
If Needed, Branden Oliver "Ready to Go" (Chargers.com)
Congrats Gates! Wins AFC Offensive Player of Week (Chargers.com)
Q&A with Cornerback Brandon Flowers (Chargers.com)

Marker Pegulas' bid to buy Bills OK'd by NFL committee [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the Pegulas have relinquished their involvement and are divesting their interest in Five Star Athlete Management, an Atlanta-based sports agency that represents NFL players.'

Marker Marrone, Bills know three is not enough [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'm not going to try to mitigate what's going on with the red zone, but, at the same time, the Chicago one we were playing for the field goal to win the game and (against Miami) there were three times in the red zone that right, wrong or indifferent, I was playing conservative to get to the two-score lead again,� Marrone said.'

Marker Pegulas approved by NFL finance committee [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In a statement to the media following the finance meeting, Terry Pegula stated that they didn't consider themselves to be NFL owners just yet. In three weeks time that could, and likely will, change on a permanent basis.'

Marker LB Rivers returns to Bills practice Wednesday [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I felt pretty good. Moving around pretty well and just keeping it day by day," Rivers said following the workout. "We'll see how it goes as a progression. Hopefully we're ready to go."'

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