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Buffalo Bills News - August 20, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills player interacts with local fan with cerebral palsy, then makes his night [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Goodwin chatted with Pagano and his family while signing autographs and asked if they would be at the Bills' preseason game against the Browns in Cleveland on Thursday. He then offered Pagano tickets to the game.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have reportedly had discussions about signing Ray Rice after LeSean McCoy injury [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rice hasn't played in the league since he was suspended following a domestic violence incident. The Ravens released him in September 2014 and he was reinstated by the NFL later that year but never latched on with another team.'

Marker LeSean McCoy injury: Buffalo Bills RB expected back for Week 1 against Colts [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At this point, the top five running backs on the Bills' depth chart are all on the injury report, and four of them are dealing with muscle injuries. Ryan is hoping to get Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon back for the team's Week 3 preseason game against the Steelers, but that's no guarantee. Rookie Karlos Williams is out at least a couple weeks after a medical procedure, and now McCoy looks like he will miss a few weeks.'

Marker How will Buffalo Bills' injuries impact quarterback competition? [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I guess we will find out," Ryan said after practice Thursday. "We are still going to be competing and going hard and everything else. But are we going to be limited? Absolutely we are going to be limited."'

Marker McCoy should be ready for start of Bills' season [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'While Ryan as shrugged off the Rice possibilities, he admits as situations go, “it is not ideal ... but it is what it is. Quite honestly we are out of running backs ...”'

Marker AP source: McCoy will be ready for Bills season opener [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills addressed their lack of depth at running back by signing Cierre Wood on Wednesday. Wood, an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame, appeared in five games split between Houston and New England in 2013. He was on Seattle's roster last season, but did not appear in any games.'

Marker Bills sign DL Bryant, RB Wood [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Wood, 24, originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans following the 2013 draft. The 5-11, 213 pound Notre Dame product has played in five career games. During his collegiate career, Wood played in 37 games with 18 starts and finished his career as Notre Dame's seventh-leading rusher with 2,447 yards on 450 carries.'

Marker Bills RB McCoy expected back for opener [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, despite injuring his hamstring, is expected to be ready for the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, according to reports Wednesday.'

Marker LeSean McCoy expected for Bills' opener despite injured hamstring [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Despite injuring his hamstring Tuesday, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is expected to be ready for the team's regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan charges into second-chance job with second-chance guys [1:44 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: '"I'm getting a second chance," Ryan said. "I'd probably be the guy who heads that list."'

Marker Bills/Browns: Plenty at stake for several players [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So what is Manuel actually playing for? If he’s not in the mix to start, at best he’s fighting for the backup role. But even that appears to be an uphill battle for him at this point. So, with hard decisions to be made to finalize the 53-man roster, the reality is, EJ Manuel could very well be playing to prove to the Bills coaching staff he deserves a spot.'

Marker Bills' Woods likes having Harvin here [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With both Woods and Harvin along with Watkins, Woods thinks defenses won’t know who to cover, “It’s just mismatches, we’re going against nickel corners, outside guys and it frees up a lot of the receivers.”'

Marker Bills sign DL Bryant, RB Wood; Release Manhertz, Sweeting [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In addition to the two signings, the team also announced that tight end and former Canisius basketball standout Chris Manhertz and cornerback Rod Sweeting have been released.'

Marker 5 things to watch in Bills - Browns [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Without question, Thursday night’s contest against the Cleveland Browns will be the biggest game of Tyrod Taylor’s career.'

Marker LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready for Week 1 [1:39 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'Despite Tuesday's hamstring injury, the Buffalo Bills' lead running back will be ready to suit up against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, a source informed of McCoy's MRI results told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.'

Marker Bills-Browns game preview [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m excited for it and I can’t wait to play,” said Taylor. “I think all those years that I spent in Baltimore being behind Joe (Flacco) prepared me for this opportunity that I have now and I’m taking everything that I’ve learned previously and I’m putting it towards my game. Just taking it day by day and showing the coaches what I can do.”'

Marker DL Bryant, RB Wood the latest to sign with the Bills [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With each of the five running backs that reported to camp for the Bills now injured, Buffalo had to reinforce their roster. The club signed free agent RB Cierre Wood giving them three healthy running backs heading into Thursday’s preseason game with Cleveland. He’ll join a pair of undrafted rookies in Buffalo’s offensive backfield in Bronson Hill and Ricky Seale.'

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August 19, 2015

Marker Joint practice a success, say Ryan, Pettine [1:42 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The Bills defense I thought had the upper hand,” he said of his perspective from spending the whole practice watching Cleveland’s offense. “Some of our guys had different tempos. They have to understand the guy across from them is going at game-type speed, other than the live tackling part.'

Marker Bills still waiting for tight ends to emerge [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Invisible early, Clay has found his stride. Beyond this $38 million investment? Nothing is guaranteed. In “tight end heaven,” as MarQueis Gray put offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offense, the tight end group has been erratic. Wildly inconsistent. Still a major unknown. Arguably no position group as a whole has more to prove into the home stretch of training camp.'

Marker Taylor Fever born from few options [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the optimism surrounding Taylor is mainly a referendum on Cassel, an uninspiring choice to lead any NFL team at this stage of his career. You know what he is? A poor man’s Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitz, who was drafted in the same year (2005) and same round (seventh) as Cassel, has been a far more productive and mature quarterback over the latter stages of their careers – and he got run out of Buffalo.'

Marker McCoy joins list of Bills’ walking wounded [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Not going to say it is a pull, we will find out what it is,” Ryan said. “The trainer said the hamstring is intact, it is not off the bone, so that is a real positive. But we are getting a MRI on it to see the extent of it. Hopefully, it is not a pull, just a strain.”'

Marker McCoy suffers a hamstring injury during Bills practice [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan, who looked at a loss of words as he tried to wend his way through all the injuries, said McCoy will undergo an MRI exam, but the good news is that initially it looks like it might just be a strain, and that the muscle is not “off the bone.”'

Marker ‘Johnny Football’ still makes it fun [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'During an 11-on-11 session against Buffalo’s vaunted defense, he was classic “Johnny Football,’’ rolling left, coming back all the way right and firing a pass for a touchdown in the back of the end zone where only running back Timothy Flanders could catch it.'

Marker Who is left at running back for Buffalo? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'On a few occasions, the Bills weren't able to finish drills because of how many players were injured. The Bills had only two healthy running backs once McCoy went down and they were also short four wide receivers. The Bills had to cut a 7-on-7 drill short after McCoy got injured, and the practice also ended a bit early on the field the Bills' first-team offense was working on.'

Marker Latest on LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin, other ailments [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Here's a rundown of everyone that is hurt for the Bills and the latest on their status from Bills coach Rex Ryan.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy leaves practice with apparent leg injury [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills were already without Fred Jackson (hamstring), Boobie Dixon (calf), Karlos Williams (hospitalized) and Bryce Brown (hamstring). The only two running backs left at practice after McCoy left were Bronson Hill and newly signed Ricky Seale. Wide receiver Marcus Thigpen was also rotating in with the running backs.'

Marker Ty Powell injury creates opportunity for Buffalo Bills' rookie linebacker A.J. Tarpley [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'When asked about Tarpley, Ryan then offered a challenge. "He's a smart player, obviously, from Stanford, you get that. But he's got instincts, too, and he's got a chance and he's going have to step it up," Ryan said. "There's no doubt."'

Marker Updates on Karlos Williams, Ty Powell, Jarius Wynn [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Williams was starting to work his way into the No. 2 running back role with injuries thinning the depth chart. Now he has joined those on the injury report. The Bills are left with LeSean McCoy, Bronson Hill and the newly signed Seale on the running back depth chart.'

Marker Is it time for Bills fans to believe in Tyrod Taylor? [1:49 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'This is a football team with enough of the other pieces in place to make a serious playoff run. If, and it has been talked about ad nauseam, it can find a quarterback. The remaining two candidates are Cassel and EJ Manuel. Cassel is a low risk, low reward veteran of 11 professional seasons, five years removed from his best year. Manuel, just three seasons in, finds himself playing for his career, without too terribly much going for him at this point.'

Marker Bills' LeSean McCoy having test on injured left hamstring [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'McCoy pulled up short and started limping during 7-on-7 drills about an hour into Tuesday night's practice. He walked to the sideline holding the back of his left leg, and then sat on the turf, where he was attended to by numerous trainers. He required help getting up, and then slowly made his way to the locker room.'

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