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Buffalo Bills News - August 15, 2017

Marker David Bruce: Bills fan needs football diversion [1:46 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'But I couldn’t help feeling that this upcoming season will be a waste of time. It made me feel, frankly, like a Cleveland Browns fan.'

Marker New Bills receiver Jordan Matthews out with chest injury [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'It's unclear when Matthews was hurt, though he did fall hard along the sideline while attempting to make a leaping catch in one-on-one coverage with cornerback Shareece Wright during a team drill.'

Marker New Bills WR Matthews suffers chip fracture in sternum [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The 25-year-old Matthews is expected to be one of the top options at wide receiver after the Bills also traded Sammy Watkins along with a 2018 sixth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round draft pick.'

Marker Jordan Matthews week-to-week with chip fracture in sternum [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Bills general manager Brandon Beane told WGR 550 on Monday that Matthews suffered the injury early in practice when he went up for a contested ball and came down hard. Matthews finished the session and later left the field with a trainer. He was not made available to reporters because of the injury.'

Marker Matthews out week-to-week with chip fracture in sternum [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"He hurt it very early in practice," Bills general manager Brandon Beane told Howard Simon and Jeremy White Monday morning on WGR. "He went up on a contested ball, diving and fell on it probably in the first 15 minutes of practice. He played through it, but I talked to him last night after he got back from the doctors. He said something wasn't right, he knew something was up. You have to give him credit, he tried to fight through it. That's what it is. It's a week-to-week deal with that, and we'll let the medical guys [handle it>. It's still early. We found this out early last night. That's really all I know."'

Marker Bills practice gets chippy after McDermott gets after team [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Almost immediately following that talk from McDermott, things started getting very chippy between players. There were several small scraps and scrums. The first was WR Walter Powell getting into it with S Colt Anderson, then almost everyone on both sides coming together doing some pushing and shoving. Then OT Jordan Mills mixed it up with LB Ramon Humber followed by DE Shaq Lawson. On the very next play two different scrums broke out. One saw WR Zay Jones and CB Leonard Johnson pushing each other away from the play while multiple people were gathered around near the line of scrimmage.'

Marker Yarbrough a nice surprise for the Bills [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“For me personally I was hurting, I was hurting real bad,” said Yarbrough in an interview with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR Monday morning. “I was at home on the couch watching Monday Night Football, and I’m watching defensive ends and they’re making mistakes I know I wouldn’t make. I know I’m better than that guy playing right now on TV. It was just hard for me to kind of constitute, ‘Hey, your time’s coming. Be patient, stay diligent, stay working hard.’ You know all things come to those who work hard so, just had to stay diligent.”'

Marker Bills' McDermott had to stop practice [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After Hughes and Taylor tried to get at each other, McDermott made the defensive end get off the field. After practice they had a long talk and Hughes said it had nothing to do with practice, “We were talking about something completely separate, an off the field issue, but it was goal-line period, pads flying, the offense wants to get touchdowns and the defense is doing our job not to let them get in.”'

Marker Beane focused on the future after trading Watkins, Darby [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Our job is to look at everything, anything that can help us today and help us tomorrow; you have to look at both," Beane said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White live at training camp on Monday. "You can’t look at just one year. You have to look at this year, the following year and after that. If you don’t, you’re not following a plan so to speak. Again, we’re trying to do things right this year, but we could just not turn down the opportunity to add the draft currency that we did for 2018."'

Marker Buffalo Bills new WR Jordan Matthews has chip fracture in sternum [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While there is no way of knowing what "week-to-week" means, considering most their other injuries have been described as "day-to-day," that likely casts some doubt on the wide receiver's availability on the preseason, and in a worst-case scenario, potentially into the regular season -- but that's pure speculation at this point.'

Marker Joe B: 7 Buffalo Bills training camp observations, Day 14 (8/14/17) [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It just kind of seemed like they were going through the motions a bit, and Sean McDermott was not happy about it. He called all his players to the field and had them take a knee as he addressed every last one of them. In an animated, fiery, and stern talking to, the Bills head coach said he was unhappy with the attitude and body language, and urged to his team that they needed to do things the right way at all times. He urged the leaders of the team to do just that, hold each other accountable and yelled out that some of the players needed to step it up.'

Marker WR Matthews sidelined with chipped sternum [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The injury happened when he went to the ground hard after competing with a defensive back for a pass. Matthews finished practiced, but afterwards he underwent examination for discomfort in his chest and the chip fracture was discovered.'

Marker Top 3 things to know from Day 13 at Bills Camp [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We started off kind of slow,” admitted Jerry Hughes. “Some guys were asking for some plays to be repeated and he gave us a very important life lesson. Whenever you put the pads on there are no repeats in life. You’ve got to come out fast and come out ready. We understand that and also know we have to start fast.”'

Marker Bills Today: Eddie Yarbrough impressing during camp [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“As Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus say, it’s not a destination, it’s a journey,” said Yarbrough. “It’s not a game of what you did last week, it’s a game of what have you done for me lately. You can’t really dwell on the past, you have to keep moving forward and keep trying to get better every day.”'

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August 14, 2017

Marker Bills fans wonder: Did Buffalo win in Friday trades? [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If he stays healthy, a concern Buffalo’s management clearly had when not exercising his fifth-year option for 2018, the Bills will have lost the Watkins versus Matthews value contest on sheer talent differential.'

Marker Kelly, Thomas reflect on return to Hall of Fame [10:04 AM]
Salamanca Press reports: '“When you're able to walk into that Ray Nitschke Luncheon,” Kelly said Monday at Elkdale, “and you see Roger Staubach, Bob Griese, Joe Namath, guys you looked up to. Then all the other guys, it's all the running backs, Gale Sayers and seeing Thurman there, Emmitt (Smith), I can go on and on ... Troy Aikman, (John) Elway, (Dan) Marino. It's amazing that I'm a part of it growing up in a little country town (East Brady) in Pennsylvania and being able to say I'm one of them.”'

Marker Peterman takes second-team reps during Bills practice [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, it's fair to say he did earn it," McDermott said of Peterman working with the second team. "I mean, he moved the offense and did some good things. Like all of us, a lot of work to go yet, but he did some good things and he earned that."'

Marker Matthews suffers chest injury in first Bills practice [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, a team spokesman informed reporters that, because of the injury, Matthews wouldn't be made available until Monday.'

Marker Gaines looks to bring added toughness to Bills' secondary [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, definitely don’t mind getting into the run game, tackling, causing fumbles, turnovers," the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Gaines said after his first practice with the Bills Sunday at St. John Fisher College. "That’s what I’m good for. Whatever these coaches ask me to do, I’ll do for sure."'

Marker McDermott says Bills 'still concerned' that Glenn isn't practicing [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've liked part of what I've see (from Dawkins)," McDermott said. "The rest of it is him getting used to playing in the NFL, just getting up to speed on adjusting to NFL techniques and adjusting to NFL life. And that's typical, so there's not any reason for concern at this point. He's doing a good job.'

Marker Sean McDermott: Players turned page quickly after shocking trades [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The leadership did a phenomenal job," McDermott said, "and they understand that this is about winning."'

Marker Kelly feels Taylor's short-term pain from Watkins trade, but sees long-term gain for Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know whether it was because they had a feeling they might not be able to sign (Watkins) next year, but when you've got two firsts, two seconds and two thirds for next year, there's a lot of things you can do with that whether it's players, whether it's trades," Kelly said. "It gives you room to really have something on your plate for next year."'

Marker What we learned at Bills Camp: Day 13 [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's probably not anything catastrophic, but new Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews suffered a chest injury in his first practice with the team. He completed practice - it wasn't clear when he suffered the injury - but wasn't made available to media afterward because the chest was being evaluated.'

Marker What They Said: Coach Sean McDermott, CB E.J. Gaines, [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I thought they handled about as well as they could. They get the human element and I appreciate that. These are relationships that have been built up over time. Having said that, we’re a mentally tough football team and we’ll continue to increase in that area. The leadership did a phenomenal job and they understand that this is about winning. This is about building a football team. So, I was extremely proud of them.'

Marker Jordan Matthews suffers chest injury in first practice with Bills [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So, now the Bills have to hope it’s nothing serious because Matthews — who was acquired from the Eagles for Ronald Darby on Friday — is being counted on to help fill the void created by the trade of Sammy Watkins to the Rams.'

Marker Jordan Matthews injury: Buffalo Bills WR suffers chest injury in first practice [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'For now, his injury seems like nothing to worry about but the Bills will learn more throughout the day and into tomorrow.'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott gave Nathan Peterman reps with second team [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: ' "Just like everything else, everything's earned here, and that's the vision for every player, is to challenge for starting positions," McDermott said. "And that competition is healthy and whether it's the quarterback position or any position on this football team, competition is healthy and brings out the best in people."'

Marker New Buffalo Bills CB E.J. Gaines happy to be somewhere he's wanted [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Man, just being somewhere that I feel wanted. Being somewhere that I feel like expects me to come in and make plays and knows what I can do on the football field, so I'm just excited for these coaches to be excited for me, really."'

Marker Buffalo Bills concerned about Cordy Glenn's foot, hopeful he's ready Week 1 [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We're still concerned about it," McDermott said on Sunday. "But we're hopeful. So we'll just take it a day at a time and we look forward to getting him back on the field."'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp day 13: Nathan Peterman promoted (10 observations) [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Speaking of Tate, he made the catch of camp on Sunday. During a Hail Mary drill, Peterman lofted a pass to the end zone. It looked like it was sailing over Tate's head, but he jumped up and reached back for a one-handed catch. It was reminiscent of Odell Beckham Jr.'s famous catch from a few years ago.'

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