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Buffalo Bills News - August 17, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus, LB Manny Lawson reportedly facing suspensions [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Already this offseason the Bills have dealt with major injuries to their top two draft picks on defense, Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland. Meanwhile, running back Karlos Williams is going to be suspended for the first four games of the NFL season, and safety Aaron Williams is dealing with a concussion. Add Dareus and Lawson to the mix, and the Bills are missing some key talent on both sides of the ball heading into 2016.'

Marker Buffalo Bills didn't hold back in team statement on Marcell Dareus suspension [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is Dareus' second suspension. He was also arrested in May of 2014 for possession of a controlled substance. The Bills used the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on Dareus and signed him to a contract extension in September of 2015 that carried $60 million in guaranteed money. Dareus released a statement on his personal Instagram page Tuesday afternoon.'

Marker Manny Lawson's agent denies report of possible domestic violence suspension [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Lawson would be able to appeal any suspension he could face. The veteran linebacker is expected to be a starter on the Bills' defense in the absence of rookie Shaq Lawson, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. Lawson returned to practice on Tuesday after injuring his pectoral muscle while bench pressing this offseason.'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB Manny Lawson returns to practice [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At the start of training camp, Lawson was placed on the active/NFI list after suffering a partially torn pectoral. The Bills have suffered their fair share of injuries at outside linebacker so Lawson's return comes at a good time.'

Marker Bills' Dareus, Lawson face four-game & one-game suspensions [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Offensive linemen Richie Incognito (ribs) and Cordy Glenn (ankle) are also both out, but are expected to be ready for opening day.'

Marker One disaster after another for Bills since team ‘won the off-season’ [1:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'His loss is figuratively as well as literally huge, because the Bills open with four tough games: at Baltimore, home four days later in prime time against the New York Jets, home against defending NFC West champ Arizona, then at New England. The Bills and Ryan cannot afford to start in an 0-4 or 1-3 hole, or hello hot seat.'

Marker NFL suspends Bills DT Dareus 4 games for positive drug test [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"From ownership down, we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable," the Bills said in a statement. "We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches, the rest of the organization and fans through his recent actions."'

Marker Bills linebacker Manny Lawson cleared for practice [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"I can see how one would say being an outside linebacker's a jinx," Lawson said Tuesday. "Let's just hope the rest of the guys don't follow misfortune."'

Marker Bills DT Dareus suspended four games [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'He posted an apology on his Intagram account (@cell57to99) Tuesday that read: "With deepest regrets I want to apologize to the @BuffaloBills organization, my fans, my family and the entire NFL football community for the incident that led to me missing 4 games for the upcoming 2016-17 season. I will not #makeexcuses for the events in question and will allow the process to proceed as is required by the @NFL; however, please know and understand I am committed to the game and am more committed to my #Billsorganization and fans. This temporary setback will only fuel my desire and committment to bring #Buffalochampionships and the #SuperBowl. I ask at this time that you continue to #believe in me and I will continue to invest all that I have to bring honor and respect to the organization and my fans and ultimately bring #Buffalomafia what it deserves - a #SuperBowl! Thank you for continuing to support me - I will rise above this setback, as with every challenge brings an opportunity for growth and supreme #success!"'

Marker Bills LB Lawson passes physical [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills need the reinforcements with first-round pick Shaq Lawson recovering from shoulder surgery and backup IK Enemkpali on waived/injured with a torn knee ligament on Monday.'

Marker Bills DT Marcell Dareus suspended 4 games for positive test [1:41 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo Bills star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is facing a four-game suspension for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.'

Marker Bills' Marcell Dareus apologizes with 'deepest regrets' for four-game suspension [1:40 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the suspension is marijuana-related.'

Marker Bills DT Marcell Dareus suspended four games by NFL [1:39 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Dareus signed a six-year, $108 million contract with the Bills last September, locking up the two-time Pro Bowler for the foreseeable future. This suspension couldn’t have come at worse time given the recent rash of injuries and problems the Bills have dealt with.'

Marker Dareus suspended four games [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dareus and Williams will both miss games at the Ravens, home vs. the Jets, home vs the Cardinals, and at the Patriots.'

Marker Cardale Jones is busy learning the Bills offense [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Just the speed and size and how well guys are at their job. These guys train all year round and have been doing this for a number of years” Jones said. "In practice with coach Ryan and both of them(Rob Ryan), disguising some of the defenses and throwing so much stuff at me, I’m thinking hey I get in there and they just want to see what I can do. Definitely that and understanding the protections and understanding the scheme of it."'

Marker With Robey-Coleman out, Seymour gets nod at CB [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'OLB Manny Lawson returned to the field for the first time after injuring his pectoral muscle before camp began. He said he was bench pressing 405 pounds when it happened. Lawson didn’t get much time on the field in team work, but worked in individual and special teams sessions.'

Marker Bills' Dareus suspended 4 games by NFL [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'With the suspension, Dareus would not be eligible to return to the Bills until Week Five of the regular season. Dareus would join Karlos Williams in being suspended for the first four games of the season, and according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bills may be subject to a "steep fine" for violating the league's remittance policy.'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 13 (8/16/16) [1:34 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Lawson was lined up at right outside linebacker, with the first team, in place of Lorenzo Alexander. While his timetable for a return to game action has yet to be determined, once he is all the way back, it’s pretty clear that he’ll be in the starting lineup and taking a ton of snaps until Shaq Lawson is able to return.'

Marker Bills DT Marcell Dareus suspended for four games [1:33 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Dareus was previously suspended for one game in 2015, following an arrest in May 2014 after being caught with drug paraphernalia. According to The Buffalo News, he was in possession of synthetic marijuana.'

Marker Robey-Coleman now playing with his mother on his back [1:32 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"it means so much to me man, its more emotional and personal thing to me and to know I got her name on my back and I'm out here playing and busting my tail," said Robey-Coleman.'

Marker Marcell Dareus given four-game NFL suspension [1:31 AM] reports: 'The Bills defensive tackle was previously suspended for the first game of the 2015 season after he was arrested in May of that year for possession of a controlled substance.'

Marker Bills LB Manny Lawson passes physical [1:30 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that LB Manny Lawson has passed his physical and will participate in practice this morning.'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 13 at Bills Camp [1:29 AM] reports: 'With Robey-Coleman out, rookie Kevon Seymour took reps at nickel corner with the first team offense. Seymour, a sixth round draft pick from USC, made an impact against the Colts on Saturday, including breaking up an attempted two-point conversion and a potential touchdown.'

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August 16, 2016

Marker Jerry Hughes on how fatherhood has changed him, pressure in 2016 and his interesting offseason purch [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I bought a JUGS machine this offseason so I could have it back at home in Texas,” Hughes said. “That just goes to show you I'm ready for the challenge. You put expectations on yourself before the season takes place. I kind of knew what was going to be expected of me, so that's why I've been working at it in the offseason and now at training camp to just get ready for that moment.”'

Marker Karlos Williams on first camp practice with Bills: 'It felt good to touch a football again' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"But it was more mental than anything. I had a lot of confidence in myself that I'd be back on the field in a short amount of time. I had a lot of support from my teammates, coaches, ownership. That made the process a lot easier, also with the support of my family."'

Marker Day 12 Bills Training Camp Observations: Veteran Kroy Biermann added to provide depth at outside lin [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An ESPN report suggested he agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills.'

Marker Karlos Williams back in shape, returns to Bills practice [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I’m eating a lot of chicken, being very strict,” he said. “The running backs actually went out a couple times and I chose to stay in. I can’t go to a restaurant and see something on the menu and I won’t eat it. So I chose to stay back. Just trying to be really strict on myself. Be very disciplined. It’s very hard, it’s part of the process, part of the growing pains and something I’m willing to do to get back on the football field.”'

Marker Injury-ravaged Bills sign ex-Falcons LB Kroy Biermann [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Biermann actually visited the Bills back in March at the start of free agency, but he was not signed by Buffalo, or any other team. The 30-year-old is a former fifth-round draft pick of the Falcons who made 37 starts among his 104 NFL games. He has 23.5 sacks and has been in on 331 tackles, primarily as an outside linebacker.'

Marker Five observations from Bills training camp [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, Ryan wasn’t completely off his rocker with that comment because there were some things to be pleased about. The first-string defense looked very good, though it wasn’t facing Andrew Luck; EJ Manuel looked competent, again with the caveat that he wasn’t playing against the Colts’ A-team; several players made some eye-catching plays; and the Bills, even in a game that matters not at all, were fighting to the bitter end to win it, and nearly did.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release WR Leonard Hankerson, sign 2 more defensive linemen [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ta'amu (6-3, 348) was drafted in the fourth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012. The Washington product played in 21 NFL games between the Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.'

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