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Buffalo Bills Leodis McKelvin to Return to Lineup Saturday

August 19th, 2014 at 4:25 PM
By Mike Matisz

After coming off of offseason hip surgery, the wait has been lengthy for Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin to return to the Buffalo Bills lineup.

For the first time in weeks, McKelvin was a full participant at practice Monday and had been seeing some team drills last week.

“It tests your patience a lot,” said McKelvin. “You don’t want to rush to get back out there and re-injure things. It was a matter of getting those mental reps. See the things that the guys are making mistakes on and diagnose it so when I get in there I can make things right.”

During the team drills, McKelvin appeared to be rusty, but did look good physically. He was able to deflect a pass that was intended for receiver Chris Hogan.

“You don’t want to come back and get a touchdown caught on you, especially in the red zone,” said McKelvin. “We’re working on red zone and trying to eliminate touchdowns. That’s what we have to do this year because we gave up a lot last year. That’s one of the emphasis that we’re working on as a defensive unit, especially the back seven with Donnie (Henderson) and (Jim) Schwartz telling us we’ve got to eliminate those touchdowns in the red zone.”
Last season, McKelvin had a team-high 20 pass breakups and an interception. He was also tied for fourth on the team in tackles.
McKelvin has stated that the game Saturday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the target for him to return to the lineup.
“We wanted to make sure we get some live bullets, live plays going on before we get to the regular season so we have it all tuned in and ready to go,” he said. “I’ll be ready to go and get out there and make some plays.”
The Bills will be playing their first home game of the preseason where fans will be able to see the new renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium in action for the first time.

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Buffalo Bills to Remain in Buffalo After Sale, Legal Expert Says

August 18th, 2014 at 11:15 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

A Buffalo-area legal experts feels Buffalo Bills fans have demonstrated enough passion to keep the team in town for good once it's sold. But she also said fans can continue to show support as the sales process continues to further sway decision-makers.

Nellie Drew is a sports law expert who works as an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo Law School. As an assistant attorney who worked on several matters for the Buffalo Sabres and the NHL in the 1980s and 1990s, she had a hand in getting the First Niagara Center built and several other team matters.

She said the insight she gained during that time, combined with what she's seen from Bills fans through the sales process – including everything from the Buffalo Fan Alliance trying to raise an interest-free loan for a new owner to Bon Jovi music bans amid talk he'll move the team – indicates that the team is safe at home in Western New York:

"They will stay here. Anyone who watched Andre Reed's induction into the (Pro Football) Hall of Fame knows that. Practically, it is never an easy matter to move a team. As long as there is demonstrated interest and commitment by sufficiently financed local owners and a dedicated, passionate local fan base, leagues prefer not to move teams."

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Family Denies Report of Jim Kelly Teaming with Jon Bon Jovi on Buffalo Bills Bid

August 17th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Reports of a Jon Bon Jovi-Jim Kelly union to buy the Buffalo Bills were quickly refuted by Kelly's family Saturday.

The Buffalo News reported that Bon Jovi had called Kelly about joining forces in a joint bid to buy the team. Bon Jovi's Toronto-based team has taken repeated hits both among those controlling the sales process and in the general public. Controlling interests have called the group's bid inadequate, while a letter Bon Jovi wrote to fans two weeks ago to appease Bills fans never actually said anything that would commit him to keeping the team in Buffalo.

So, the News' Tim Graham reported, Bon Jovi called Kelly, who's beloved by Bills fans but has reportedly been unable to gain traction with any group in the bidding process. Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is said to be a front-runner, with Donald Trump, former Sabres owner Tom Golisano and the Toronto group among the other known bidders. Neither Pegula nor Golisano need any help with their bids, so Graham said Kelly heard Bon Jovi out as an act of desperation.

But Jim's wife, Jill, said on Twitter Saturday that nothing could be further from the truth:

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Buffalo Bills’ EJ Manuel Quickly Falling Out of Favor with Fans

August 17th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

It may only be his second professional season, but EJ Manuel has offered little to please fans of the Buffalo Bills.

Manuel missed six games in his rookie season and has shown little progress this preseason. The Bills made several bold moves this offseason, acquiring Mike Williams and drafting Sammy Watkins. But Manuel's play is considered to be key to Buffalo's success this season, and he hasn't had much.

Manuel has yet to complete a touchdown drive this preseason and had a bad game against Pittsburgh yesterday, where he played the entire first half. Bills coach Doug Marrone said after the game that he was pleased with Manuel's ability to move the ball, but the fan base is beginning to get frustrated.

Manuel has the tendency to defer to his check-down receivers if his first read is not available. He has also been a victim of locking in on one receiver, showing his hand to the defense. With all the weapons the Bills have accumulated on the offensive side, along with their strong defense, Manuel really only needs to be an average quarterback for the team to be successful. But the patience of Bills fans is wearing thin.

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Buffalo Bills’ Sammy Watkins Suffers Apparent Rib Injury, Exits Game Against Pittsburgh Steelers

August 17th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Richard N. Wade II

The Bills dropped another tough preseason game on Saturday, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers 19-16 on a last second 20-yard field goal by the Steelers' Shaun Suisham.

More pressing is the apparent rib injury of highly-touted 2014 first-round pick Sammy Watkins. The wide-receiver was selected by the Buffalo Bills fourth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft after a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Bills gave up their 2015 first-round pick to the Browns in order to move up from the ninth pick to the fourth pick. Watkins is expected to help second-year quarterback EJ Manuel thrive.

The injury occurred in the first quarter on Watkins' only target of the game. Watkins ran a quick slant on a 3rd-and-3 during the Bills' opening possession. Manuel threw towards Watkins, but the pass was low and incomplete. Steelers' defensive back Cortez Allen fell down on the play while trying to cover Watkins. Linebacker Ryan Shazier converged on the play. He jumped to avoid his fallen teammate, subsequently hitting Watkins with his knee on the play. Watkins immediately grabbed his side, bending down in obvious discomfort. Watkins exited the game right after the play, not returning for the rest of the game.

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