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Buffalo Bills News - July 7, 2014

Marker 5 additions to watch at camp [1:57 AM] reports: 'Graham impressed early in the spring with the opportunity to work with the first team defensive unit with starting LCB Leodis McKelvin limited due to offseason hip surgery. The veteran corner displayed sharp instincts and a veteran savvy in defending receivers taller and/or faster than him. Offering versatility to play on the boundary or inside it will bear watching to see just where the defensive staff believes Graham will fit best.'

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July 6, 2014

Marker Keep the Bills in Buffalo by tying stadium deal to economic development [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have a long, proud history and a fan base that has remained loyal through the years. The next owner should understand the unique character of the city and commit to creating a sports infrastructure – team and stadium – that supports regional economic development and returns the Bills and Buffalo to their glory days.'

Marker Traditions disappear if Bills leave [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'These were traditions that remained from the first pass my dad threw in the NFL, until the day he hung up his cleats. To this day, I can’t imagine tailgating anywhere else or sitting anywhere other than where our family sat when daddy played. It’s tradition. And it matters. For the die-hard Bills fans, Ralph Wilson Stadium is our second home. The place where deeply-held and long-lasting memories are made among family, friends and fans. This is our team, our home, our tradition. If they take our team, they’ll take our traditions.'

Marker Which rookies will contribute early? [1:57 AM] reports: 'The roster is considerably deeper now with the addition of some veterans in free agency and via trade, but with Sammy Watkins, Preston Brown, Cyrus Kouandjio, and Ross Cockrell in the fold, which rookies stand a good chance of helping the Bills on the field sooner rather than later?'

July 5, 2014

Marker John Murphy's camp memories [1:59 AM] reports: '“The best way to market a pro football team,” Mr. Wilson said, “is to win.” In his mind, it was all very simple.'

July 4, 2014

Marker Will C.J. Spiller, Sammy Watkins provide a jolt for Bills' return game? [3:37 PM]
Anderson Independent Mail reports: 'According to the Bills' official webite, Spiller "was a dynamic return man in his college days at Clemson and saw some return work early in his career with the Bills. Now that opportunity may resurface. Spiller was returning kicks in practice in the spring, and at least for now it appears he’s part of the competition. He hasn’t returned a kick or punt for the Bills since 2011, but perhaps with more depth at running back Buffalo is more willing to put Spiller out there in the hopes that his game breaking ability can provide a shot in the arm to the kick return unit."'

Marker Kelly’s colleagues awed by his spirit, strength [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Just watching how he’s handled the last 10 years teaches you that fame and fortune don’t insulate you from problems in life and don’t keep you from dealing with things in a really spiritually sophisticated way. “He definitely has shown me a courage and faith that are really powerful. I’m grateful to him.”'

Marker Potential buyers get access to Bills’ financial books [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A “virtual data room” requires a specialized password for prospective buyers, who have signed a non-disclosure agreement. From there, they can examine the Bills’ confidential finances (revenues, assets, liabilities, et al) used to determine how much to bid on the team.'

Marker Bills release sale book to prospective bidders: Source [1:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The sale book contains confidential summary information regarding the Bills franchise and the NFL -- most importantly, financial details such as revenues, assets, operational costs, prospects of future revenue and liabilities. Commissioner Roger Goodell, by NFL rule, had to approve the book before its release.'

Marker 3 ways Mike Williams will help the passing game [1:56 AM] reports: 'There are more certainly more household names at the wide receiver position in the NFL than Mike Williams, but even some of the best receivers in the league don’t possess the Buffalo native’s ability to catch a pass at its highest point in the air. Though just 6-2, Williams has an innate sense of timing and climbs “the ladder” as well as anyone in the game to out jump defenders for passes.'

July 3, 2014

Marker How badly will the absence of Kiko Alonso hurt Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills? [9:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Defense, however, still does matter in The League, and Buffalo's has been suddenly diminished. No Kiko is no good. And just like that, the Bills — who will open their exhibition campaign a month from today in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton — have become long shots to bust into the postseason field.'

Marker Bills see rookie filling Alonso’s shoes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The obvious candidates for fans to consider are newcomer Keith Rivers and Nigel Bradham, the third-year pro who started two of the last four games at that spot.'

Marker Buffalo Jills lawsuit moves forward [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Drury agreed that the Bills exercised control over the cheerleaders. He rejected a similar motion by Citadel to dismiss the lawsuit.'

Marker NFL cheerleader lawsuit update: Buffalo Jills win one against Bills [1:57 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'Next stop: depositions.'

Marker Buffalo's Kiko Alonso suffers torn ACL; likely to miss 2014 season [1:56 AM]
USA Today reports: '"We feel badly for Kiko because he has worked very hard this offseason in preparation for the upcoming season, but we look forward to his return with his style of play that made him one of the league's outstanding rookies in 2013," Whaley said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2014 Preview: Ready to step up? [1:55 AM]
Fox Sports Ohio reports: 'The losses of Alonso and Byrd mean two of the defense's top playmakers -- and maybe the top two -- are gone. Dareus could be looking at an NFL suspension after his involvement in an offseason traffic accident, and the Bills don't want to play too long without him. Spiller was probably as good last year as he's been at any time in his pro career, but he still only scored two rushing touchdowns and his career high is six. The best thing for a young quarterback like Manuel might be a running game and a defense that sets the offense up in winning situations, but the Bills have to prove they have the pieces to make that formula work.'

Marker Bills WR Marquise Goodwin's Leap from Track to the NFL [1:55 AM]
SI reports: 'After he left UT, any major running company would have been lucky to sign the seven-time All-America. So why did Goodwin go with football? “I always knew I was going to choose football—just statistically, the things I wanted to do for my family financially, I knew I could do them with football,” says the 23-year-old Texas native. “But that’s not the only reason I chose football. I also wanted to be around my family and not traveling out of the county as a track athlete.”'

Marker Looking at buying Bills, Sabres owners hire broker [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'The Pegulas have not publicly said whether they will try to buy the NFL team, which is on the market after the team's owner and founder Ralph Wilson died in March. But The Associated Press has reported the Pegulas were among prospective buyers who received a non-disclosure agreement and background on the Bills from a law firm representing Wilson's estate.'

Marker Bills LB Kiko Alonso has torn left knee ligament [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills did not provide any details as to how Alonso was hurt.'

Marker Bills LB Alonso tears ACL [1:52 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Buffalo Bills confirmed that linebacker Kiko Alonso suffered a torn ACL and will likely miss the 2014 season.'

Marker Alonso sustains ACL tear, likely out for 2014 season [1:51 AM] reports: '“We have updated information regarding Kiko Alonso,” said Whaley in a team statement. “Unfortunately he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will most likely miss the 2014 season. He will be scheduled for surgery in the near future and begin a rehabilitation program at the appropriate time. We feel badly for Kiko because he has worked very hard this offseason in preparation for the upcoming season, but we look forward to his return with his style of play that made him one of the league’s outstanding rookies in 2013.”'

Marker More opportunity for added youth at LB [1:50 AM] reports: 'Preston Brown is already a favorite of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. The middle linebacker is a sharp player with good football instincts and on field awareness. Lining up as one of the first team nickel linebackers and handling pre-snap calls and checks, Brown’s role is even more important now that Alonso won’t be lining up next to him in that subpackage.'

Marker Who will be the nickel corner? [1:49 AM] reports: '“Probably the secondary is where I’ve been the most impressed,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “I think we have some depth at corner, at nickel and we have a really exciting young player in Aaron Williams here. I’m excited with all three levels of the defense, but probably more so the secondary than anything else."'

July 2, 2014

Marker Bills’ Alonso injures knee; team expects him to miss season [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A Bills source confirmed to The News that the injury looks like a year-ender.'

Marker Cuomo to be ‘personally involved’ in keeping Bills here [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is a very big deal for us, so I’m going to be personally involved in it,” he said, promising that Duffy will continue to represent him in discussions about a potential new stadium until he leaves office on Dec. 31.'

Marker Bills’ Dareus faces non-jury trial in alleged street-racing incident [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Court officials would not comment on whether Dareus was offered a plea deal. His court date falls between Week 1 and 2 of the NFL regular season – two days after the Bills’ opener at Chicago.'

Marker Texas A&M threatens lawsuit against Bills fan’s website [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of targets is Charles “Chuckie” Sonntag, a double amputee and cancer survivor. He co-founded website to keep the Bills in Buffalo. Texas A&M owns the rights to the term “the 12th man.” Sonntag, who overcame cancer last year, has suffered since childhood from polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, also known as Albright’s disease, He lost his left arm 20 years ago, and his left leg was amputated in March.'

Marker Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso reportedly out for season with knee injury [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The injury could open the door for rookie third-round pick Preston Brown to earn a spot in the lineup sooner than expected. He and third-year linebacker Nigel Bradham will likely be the leading candidates battling for Alonso's spot in the lineup.'

Marker Buffalo Bills', and former Oregon Duck, Kiko Alonso injures knee during workout [1:54 AM]
Portland Oregonian reports: 'Alonso has dealt with a knee injury before--four years ago.'

Marker Texas A&M, website founder butt heads over 12th Man trademark [1:53 AM]
Bryan College Station Eagle reports: '"I can't afford a lawyer," he said. "I get $800 a month on Social Security to live on, and no one's going to help me out because it takes a lot of time and money to get sued by a billionaire college. It's ridiculous, I'm upset over it. I was hoping they would drop it and let us go on our way with our new name."'

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