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Buffalo Bills News - September 12, 2014

Marker Lee Smith returns to Bills practice [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Smith suffered a toe injury on August 23 and hasn’t been able to practice with the Bills since that day. In that time, he has been improving steadily and at least in his mind, is nearing a return.'

Marker Bills 2014 home opener sold out [1:34 AM] reports: 'Bills founding owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., will be honored in a pregame ceremony. Stadium gates open at 11:30 a.m. and fans are encouraged to get to their seats early. The first 50,000 fans will receive a commemorative “RCW” window cling in the seating areas, mirroring the “RCW” patch worn on the team’s jerseys during the 2014 season in Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s honor.'

Marker 10 things you may not know about the Bills-Dolphins rivalry [1:33 AM] reports: 'Everyone remembers Dolphins LB Bryan Cox’s famous double barrel salute to Bills fans in Orchard Park before a Bills-Dolphins game in 1995 as well as his spitting in the direction of fans who were heckling him. What many don’t remember is after Cox and Bills’ FB Carwell Gardner were both ejected for fighting during the game, there was almost a round two in the tunnel between the two locker rooms.'

Marker Dolphins Game Preview [1:32 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 16, Dolphins 14.'

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September 11, 2014

Marker Sale to Pegulas has Bills players seriously pumped [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was unreal, just to see the way the people of Western New York supported the sale of the team. Everyone’s happy about it,” he said. “They just can’t believe that it happened, and they’re so excited that the Buffalo Bills will stay in Western New York.”'

Marker Pegulas are in the big time with NFL [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Most fans are so relieved to know the Bills aren’t going anywhere, they don’t care how Kim and Terry go about their business. Pegula could hire clowns and Kardashians to run it and people would nod their approval.'

Marker Gilmore feeling better, could return against Dolphins [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo native Corey Graham started in Gilmore’s spot and was a nominee for the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week after recording an interception and defending three passes. Taking him out of the lineup would not be an easy decision.'

Marker Pegulas’ winning bid makes stadium decision less urgent [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The general response I got back was they were focused on the sale. … They didn’t want to put the horse before the cart (so) they have not indicated to me whether they are interested in a new stadium or are fine at the Ralph,’’ the county executive said.'

Marker Bills players want to build off win, good news [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"There was really some relief that 10, 12, 15 years from now, I don't have to tell my kids what a special place this is," Williams said after practice on Wednesday. "I can bring them and let them experience it."'

Marker Bills complete Pegula's rise to NFL's elite [1:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of the nearly 850 games — regular and post-season — played by the Buffalo Bills in the franchise’s 55-year history, with due respect to that iconic comeback against Houston in the 1992 playoffs, none ultimately will be as important as a date. As in, Sept. 9, 2014.'

Marker 5 things we can learn about how Terry Pegula will handle Buffalo Bills based on his time with Sabres [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Not only did the Buffalo Sabres spend big in free agency during Pegula's first offseason as owner, but he has shown a willingness to spend his money to upgrade the First Niagara Center and give the fans the best game experience. The fact that Pegula was willing to pay $1.4 billion to buy the Bills is another sign that money won't be an issue under the new ownership.'

Marker What Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills players were saying about Pegulas buying the team [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Obviously it's an exciting time for all of us. First of all, it gives us an opportunity really to say thanks to Mr. Wilson and what he has done for the region, the organization, the fans and the league, really, when you think of it. I think the person that might get lost in this, I know personally I want to thank Mary Wilson. During this time, she's been outstanding. I can only imagine what she's going through, the emotion. She's been great with me and great with the coaches. It's really been outstanding.'

Marker Doug Marrone talks about the Pegulas, the Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills new karma [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'We’ve got to go on the field and win. From the standpoint of players and coaches, which I can speak for, that’s how we feel. We need to go on that field and win for ownership and for the organization, but more importantly, for the region and the fans.'

Marker Keith Rivers misses practice; Aaron Williams limited [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'There was a bit of good news for the Bills. Stephon Gilmore was a full participant in practice after missing the Week 1 game with a groin injury. He said after practice that he feels much better than he did a week ago. Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins also practiced in full.'

Marker Terry Pegula buying team has Bills fans excited, players expecting crazy crowd Sunday [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm pretty sure the stadium is going to unreal," cornerback Corey Graham said. "The fans are going to be going crazy, I'm sure it's going to be a little louder than normal. So we're looking forward to that. It's an important day for the Buffalo Bills, and it's going to be an important week for us."'

Marker Even this Dolphins fan admits this has been a great week for the Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'But all this good news about Kelly and the Bills sale has me feeling happy for Bills fans. I want the Bills to stay in Buffalo, few communities care for their team as much as they do. I want them to be competitive because it feels better to beat them that way.'

Marker The Bills Are Staying in Buffalo - So Now What? [1:47 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'The pending sale puts increased heat on Whaley and coach Doug Marrone, each one game into their second season in charge. The trade that brought wide receiver Sammy Watkins to town, while costing the Bills their first-round draft choice next year, means they need to get to the playoffs or come awfully close for Whaley and Marrone to keep their jobs.'

Marker The curious case of Seantrel Henderson starting for Bills [1:46 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'We'll see where this goes, but Henderson could be the steal of the draft if he plays to the talent level he never did at Miami. He beat out second-round pick Cyrus Kouandijo of Alabama, and the Bills higher-ups talked to Buffalo reporters like you rarely hear regarding a rookie.'

Marker Purchaser of Buffalo Bills is a billionaire Boca Raton resident [1:45 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Lindy Ruff, who coached the Sabres for 1 1/2 seasons after the Pegulas came on board, said he enjoyed his working relationship with them. “They were energetic and hands on,” said Ruff, who now coaches the Dallas Stars. “Their enthusiasm for Buffalo and the Sabres was incredible.'

Marker Dolphins Look To Stop The Running Of The Bills [1:45 AM] reports: '“Run, run and more run,” defensive end Cameron Wakesaid. “This week may be a little different type of game, but at the end of the day you’ve got two tremendous football players, guys who can definitely when they get the ball in their hands eat up a lot of yards in one play. It’s goint to be a tremendous point of emphasis for everybody to be on their keys. Whatever your job is, you’ve got to be there and we’ve got to work together as a unit to try to corral these guys.”'

Marker Thursday's Miami Coverage [1:44 AM] reports:
Miami Dolphins linemen Branden Albert, Ja’Wuan James relish challenge of Buffalo Bills defense (Miami Herald)
Victory at Buffalo would help validate Miami Dolphins’ resurgence (Miami Herald)
Miami Dolphins’ Randy Starks dealing with injured toe; Cameron Wake named AFC defensive player of week (Miami Herald)
Dolphins' passing game was good enough, but not good (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins rookie linebacker Chris McCain misses second consecutive practice (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
The curious case of Seantrel Henderson starting for Bills (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
A healthy Cameron Wake gets fast start for Miami Dolphins this season (Palm Beach Post)
Purchaser of Buffalo Bills is a billionaire Boca Raton resident (Palm Beach Post)
Randy Starks the latest injury on Miami Dolphins' defense (Palm Beach Post)
Good times get rolling for Dolphins (Fox Sports Florida)
Dolphins DE Cameron Wake named AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Fox Sports Florida)
Tannehill looking for fewer mistakes in Week 2 (AP)
Dolphins' D gets good passing grade, now must stop run (The Sports Xchange)
Leaders Of The Pack (
Dolphins Look To Stop The Running Of The Bills (
Dolphins-Bills Wednesday Injury Updates (
Cameron Wake Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week (

Marker National Fracking League [1:43 AM]
New York Post reports: 'If Gov. Cuomo ever gets around to making a decision — and assuming it’s the proper one — our upstate counties will finally see real economic growth (and New Yorkers may see cheaper energy). Until then, we’ll have to be content to thank fracking for preventing the Bills from shuffling off from Buffalo.'

Marker Positive week of news for the Bills [1:42 AM]
AP reports: '"I want to play today, really," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said Wednesday. "It's such a good week news-wise for the Buffalo Bills, for Buffalo Bills alumni with Jim Kelly, for our region with the Pegulas and going on the road and winning a football game and coming back and playing the Dolphins of all teams. I'm excited about Sunday."'

Marker Buffalo Bills fans relieved by choice of new owner [1:41 AM]
AP reports: '"We've always had that cloud hanging over our heads," said 30-year season ticket holder Allen Knaszak of the Buffalo suburb of Boston. "I texted my daughter at school last night and said, 'It's so nice to know that long after I'm gone, you and your kids will be here,'" Knaszak said Wednesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium after a stop at the Bills store.'

Marker Emotions could run high Sunday at Bills' home opener [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"As far as the Pegula family acquiring the team, you have to be excited. They're great advocates toward the region. It's great for our organization and it's great for our fans. It's an exciting time and people should be excited, as they are."'

Marker Whaley has made strong case to stay on as GM [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'What about the general manager? His decision making abilities cannot simply be judged on whether the team came out victorious. The GM needs to be looked at through a sharper lens. The Pegulas need to look at Doug Whaley’s moves based on the logic and intelligence behind them, not on the result. How things turned out can be – and often is - skewed by luck. But did he do the right thing?

Marker As Bills stay in WNY, so do family traditions and bonds [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So yesterday, after over 20 years of worrying about losing this team we all love so much; after 6 months of constant worrying and wondering. After a summer of hating Bon Jovi and hearing the cat-calls from people who just don’t know or get it, taunting us, reveling in our uncertainty, telling us how we don’t matter to the league and the NFL would rather be somewhere else. After all of that. It all ended. It All. Ended. Yesterday. September 9th, 2014. The day we could all finally stop worrying. Stop wondering. Start celebrating. Finally devote all our attention to the Bills on the field. The way it should be.'

Marker BIlls' Carpenter honored by the NFL [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is Carpenter's first player of the week award as a Buffalo Bill and first since he earned the honor in Week Eight of 2010 with Miami. He really wanted to play the award down after Wednesday's practice, "It's nice to get recognized, but I'm just doing my job. If I get three field goal attempts, I'm going to expect to make three field goals. I don't think it was anything real special, I'm just doing my job and doing my part to help this team win."'

Marker Bills' Rivers still day-to-day, doesn't practice [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Linebacker Keith Rivers was unable to participate in practice when the team took the field on Wednesday. A groin injury caused Rivers to leave, and not return, to Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The same injury kept the linebacker off the field to start the week, and was described by head coach Doug Marrone as a “day-to-day” ailment. His status for the team’s upcoming game has yet to be determined.'

Marker Bills players and coaches react to Pegula [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'From a player’s perspective, they don’t follow the story, but of course want the team to stay in Buffalo. EJ Manuel said, “We’re very excited, we’re happy it was able to get done, we’re happy we’re going to be staying in Buffalo and we’re just happy for our fans right now.”'

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