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Monday, September 01, 2014

NFL roundup: Sam a man without a team (6:45 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The St. Louis Rams announced the signing of 10 players to their practice squad on Monday, and defensive end Michael Sam was not among them. The absence of Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, brings him a little bit closer to being a man without a team this season. His chances of being employed by the NFL this year decreased further when the Rams did not sign him to the practice squad. The Rams announced the practice-squad signings linebacker Denicos Allen, wide receiver Emory Blake, safety Christian Bryant, defensive tackle Matt Conrath, safety Matt Daniels, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, tackle Sean Hooey, linebacker Kevin Reddick, wide receiver Justin Veltung and guard Brandon Washington.

Orton provides backup QB spot a boost (6:32 PM)
USA Today: Bills confident QB Kyle Orton's arrival provides boost to backup spot behind Manuel        

Watkins hoping to play Sunday (6:25 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills WR Sammy Watkins practiced on Monday with his teammates for the first time since leaving the team’s preseason finale on the second offensive series. Watkins re-aggravated his bruised ribs, but is confident he’ll be out on the field on Sunday in Chicago. “I feel just about normal. I had a great practice (Monday),” Watkins […]

Marrone confident Orton will be ready Sunday (6:18 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: He will only be serving in a backup capacity in the season opener at Chicago, but head coach Doug Marrone believes a week is enough time for veteran QB Kyle Orton to be ready to execute the game plan if something happened to EJ Manuel. “I think you’d be surprised what he can do,” said […]

Bills Roundup: Orton Practices, Captains Named (6:14 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills hit the practice field on Monday afternoon as they begin preparations for Chicago, six captains were named, the newest Bills quarterback talked about signing with Buffalo.

Orton provides backup QB spot a boost (6:11 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Kyle Orton's practice debut has brightened Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone's outlook regarding his team's backup quarterback position behind starter EJ Manuel.

Titans go for experience at kicker in Ryan Succop (5:51 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Tennessee Titans preferred to go into the season with an experienced kicker, not with an undrafted rookie. They feel they got the best one still available in Ryan Succop. The Titans agreed to a one-year deal with Succop on Monday and waived rookie Travis Coons to make space. "There were a number of guys that were available or that were out there," coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Succop.

Bills WR Watkins practices after hurting ribs (5:42 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins is still experiencing soreness after returning to practice for the first time since aggravating a rib injury last week. The first-round draft pick practiced fully Monday, and says he is preparing to play Sunday, when Buffalo opens the season at Chicago. Watkins declined to reveal the nature of the injury except to say follow-up tests showed it is something more than bruised ribs. He was initially hurt in the first quarter of a 19-16 preseason loss at Pittsburgh on Aug. 16.

Bills WR Watkins practices after hurting ribs (5:39 PM)
USA Today: Bills rookie WR Watkins returns to practice after aggravating rib injury        

Doug Marrone: "Kyle is much better for us" (5:22 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills head coach Doug Marrone talks about the recent addition of quarterback Kyle Orton and how he will help the team. He also discusses the naming of this year's captains.

Doug Marrone: On Team Captains and Kyle Orton (5:22 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills head coach Doug Marrone talks about the recent addition of quarterback Kyle Orton and how he will help the team. He also discusses the naming of this year's captains.

Sammy Watkins: "It felt pretty good out there" (5:14 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills receiver Sammy Watkins talks about his recent injury, how good he feels out on the practice field, and his anticipating for playing Sunday in Chicago.

Kyle Orton: "This was the right team for me" (5:04 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Newly signed Bills quarterback Kyle Orton talks about the process of coming to Buffalo, his realistic chances of grasping the offense, and how he thinks he can help EJ Manuel.

Brandon Spikes: "I'm very passionate about my job" (4:20 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes talks about his veteran leadership and how honored he is to be named a 2014 team captain.

Rookie LB Preston Brown to step in for Bradham vs. Bears (4:13 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Buffalo needed a fill-in at the weak side linebacker position, and Preston Brown is ready to step in.

Corey Graham: "I look forward to the challenge" (4:12 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills cornerback Corey Graham talks about being named a captain and his leadership role on the team.

Fred Jackson: "I'm honored" to be a Captain (4:04 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Bills running back Fred Jackson talks about being named a 2014 captain and also weighs in on quarterback Kyle Orton joining the team.

Bears' defense gets chance to show what it can do (3:49 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Finally, the Chicago Bears' rebuilt defense gets a chance to show what it can do. The Bears open the season at home against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in what they hope is the start of a run to the playoffs after coming up short six of the past seven seasons. ''I don't feel that trepidation,'' coach Marc Trestman said. The starters had trouble stopping rollout plays in the second preseason game against Jacksonville and wasn't particularly effective against the run.

Bills' Watkins: Ribs 'feel just about normal' (3:18 PM)
ESPN.Com - Mike Rodak: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins said his injured ribs feel "just about normal" after practicing Monday.

Captaincy nothing new for Corey Graham (2:55 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Corey Graham was named one of six captains for the 2014 Bills by his teammates, which were announced Monday by the club. Named as a captain entering his first year with Buffalo was certainly an honor, but serving as a captain is nothing new for the veteran defensive back. “I’ll pretty much be the same […]

Sept. 1 in Bills history: Bills pile up team-record 583 yards (2:51 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Buffalo set a team record for total offense (583 yards) and Jim Kelly set a regular-season career-high with 381 passing yards.

AFC Summer Surprises: Why some players never say never (2:39 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: With help from an NFL preseason that has not yet shrunk from four to two games, undrafted rookies and under-appreciated veterans took advantage with surprising performances that earned a first, or one more, chance on a team roster.

Sammy Watkins practices on Monday (1:13 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: The Bills saw wide receiver Sammy Watkins leave two preseason games and miss a third because of a rib injury this summer, raising questions about whether or not the fourth overall pick will be healthy enough to help the team in the first week of the regular season. Watkins took a step toward being on…

Jeff Tuel headlines Bills practice squad (11:54 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: The Bills’s decision to shake up their quarterback depth chart with the acquisition of Kyle Orton means that there was no room for Jeff Tuel on the team’s 53-man roster. There’s still a place for him in the organization, however. Tuel is back with the Bills as a member of the practice squad and would…

Buffalo Bills release TE Tony Moeaki (11:51 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have released tight end Tony Moeaki after reaching an injury settlement with the fourth-year player.

Buffalo Bills release TE Tony Moeaki (11:50 AM)
USA Today: Bills reach injury settlement and release TE Moeaki; sign G Morell, RB Pryor to practice squad        

Tony Moeaki released from IR after reaching settlement (11:15 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills reached an injury settlement with TE Tony Moeaki and released him from the Reserve/Injured list

Bears sign LS Cain (11:14 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Chicago Bears signed long snapper Jeremy Cain to their 53-man roster Monday.

Bills name 6 team captains, but skip Manuel (10:31 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills named their team captains Monday, but starting quarterback EJ Manuel was not one of the six players. Cornerback Corey Graham, running back Fred Jackson, linebacker Brandon Spikes, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, defensive end Mario Williams and center Eric Wood were selected by their teammates as captains for the 2014 season. The Bills made a significant and much needed upgrade to their quarterback position Saturday by signing 31-year-old Kyle Orton, the best available option on the free agent market.

EJ Manuel not among Buffalo Bills' team captains (9:53 AM)
NFL.Com - Sessler, Marc: Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel wasn't among the six team captains voted in for Buffalo's 2014 season. Is this a sign that the locker room doesn't believe in the young signal-caller as a leader?

Two players added to Bills practice squad (9:40 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Buffalo signed G D.J. Morrell and RB Lonnie Pryor to the Practice Squad.

Bills name team captains, none of whom are E.J. Manuel (8:59 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Darin Gantt: Votes for team captains can be telling, as they’re a barometer of who leads in the locker room (if you trust the veracity of the count). But sometimes, they can also be signs of pending change. The Bills just announced their six captains for the coming season, none of whom are starting quarterback E.J. Manuel.…

Bills select 2014 team captains (8:40 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: As selected by the team, the Bills have named six team captains for the 2014 season.

Monday morning one-liners (7:40 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Five things the Bills want you to know about QB Kyle Orton. Lamenting the departure of S Jordan Kovacs from the Dolphins. LB Steve Beauharnais accepted an injury settlement from the Patriots. Things have broken right for Jets WR David Nelson. Ravens RB Ray Rice and S Will Hill have to work out on their…

5 things to know about QB Kyle Orton (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Get to know veteran free agent and new Bills quarterback Kyle Orton with these fast facts.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

National Football League roundup (10:54 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: (The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning. The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was booked by San Jose police at 5:30 a.m. Sunday for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant". He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15, the day after the 49ers play a Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week that the new punishment for those involved in domestic violence disputes would be six weeks for first-time offenders and a second offense would carry a lifetime ban.

National Football League roundup (10:54 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: (The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning. The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was booked by San Jose police at 5:30 a.m. Sunday for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant". He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15, the day after the 49ers play a Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week that the new punishment for those involved in domestic violence disputes would be six weeks for first-time offenders and a second offense would carry a lifetime ban.

Bills’ Eric Wood blames ESPN for lack of interest in Michael Sam (9:44 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Michael David Smith: Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, was cut by the Rams on Saturday and passed over by all 31 other teams on waivers on Sunday, and so far he hasn’t even been able to land a spot on a practice squad. So are NFL teams avoiding Sam because he’s gay?…

NFL roundup: 49ers' McDonald arrested for domestic violence (8:55 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning.

NFL roundup: 49ers' McDonald arrested for domestic violence (8:55 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning.

Patriots trade Mallett to Texans (8:29 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots' sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 job behind the two-time NFL MVP. Garoppolo was a second-round pick in this year's draft - the highest coach Bill Belichick has ever selected a quarterback in New England.

Bears waive long-snapper Hartson (7:07 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Chicago Bears waived long-snapper Brandon Hartson on Sunday after signing him to a three-year contract at the beginning of the month.

Bears waive long-snapper Hartson (7:07 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Chicago Bears waived long-snapper Brandon Hartson on Sunday after signing him to a three-year contract at the beginning of the month.

Patriots trade Mallett to Texans (6:35 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots' sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 job behind the two-time NFL MVP. Garoppolo was a second-round pick in this year's draft - the highest coach Bill Belichick has ever selected a quarterback in New England.

Orton gives Bills a fallback position at QB (6:22 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills made a significant and much needed upgrade to their quarterback position Saturday by signing 31-year-old Kyle Orton, the best available option on the free agent market. The 10th-year veteran had been released by Dallas in July, and while there were reports that he was going to retire, he was actually weighing his options, and Buffalo is a good landing spot. He immediately becomes the No. 2 quarterback behind EJ Manuel, a player some feel will never truly be an NFL starter. Orton is 35-35 as an NFL starter with Chicago, Denver and Kansas City, and has completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 15,019 yards with 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions.

Orton gives Bills a fallback position at QB (6:22 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills made a significant and much needed upgrade to their quarterback position Saturday by signing 31-year-old Kyle Orton, the best available option on the free agent market. The 10th-year veteran had been released by Dallas in July, and while there were reports that he was going to retire, he was actually weighing his options, and Buffalo is a good landing spot. He immediately becomes the No. 2 quarterback behind EJ Manuel, a player some feel will never truly be an NFL starter. Orton is 35-35 as an NFL starter with Chicago, Denver and Kansas City, and has completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 15,019 yards with 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions.

Titans make roster moves (5:40 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Tennessee Titans claimed three players off waivers, including two wide receivers, on Sunday. Receivers Kris Durham from the Detroit Lions and T.J. Graham from the Buffalo Bills were claimed along with cornerback Brandon Harris from the Houston Texans. To make room on the roster for the moves, the Titans waived wide receiver Michael Preston, defensive back Khalid Wooten and center Steve Vallos.

Titans make roster moves (5:40 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Tennessee Titans claimed three players off waivers, including two wide receivers, on Sunday. Receivers Kris Durham from the Detroit Lions and T.J. Graham from the Buffalo Bills were claimed along with cornerback Brandon Harris from the Houston Texans. To make room on the roster for the moves, the Titans waived wide receiver Michael Preston, defensive back Khalid Wooten and center Steve Vallos.

Titans claim Durham, Graham, Harris off waivers (5:23 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have claimed wide receivers Kris Durham and T.J. Graham and cornerback Brandon Harris off waivers.

Titans claim Durham, Graham, Harris off waivers (5:23 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have claimed wide receivers Kris Durham and T.J. Graham and cornerback Brandon Harris off waivers.

Bills add Tuel, 6 others to practice squad (5:20 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have added quarterback Jeff Tuel and six other players to their practice squad.

Bills add Tuel, 6 others to practice squad (5:20 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have added quarterback Jeff Tuel and six other players to their practice squad.

Bills add Tuel, 6 others to practice squad (5:19 PM)
USA Today: Bills have added quarterback Jeff Tuel and 6 other players to their practice squad        

Bills sign seven to practice squad (3:35 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills signed seven players to their practice squad on Sunday.

Bills sign seven to practice squad (3:35 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills signed seven players to their practice squad on Sunday.

Jeff Tuel signed to Buffalo Bills practice squad (3:35 PM)
NFL.Com - Patra, Kevin: The Buffalo Bills cut Jeff Tuel after signing Kyle Orton on Saturday. Sunday, they kept the second-year quarterback in Buffalo by signing him to the practice squad.

Three-Down Linebackers (3:27 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Jeff Ratcliffe give you the heads up on which linebackers play three downs for all 32 teams.

Seven players signed to Bills practice squad (2:55 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills have filled seven spots on the practice squad for the 2014 season.

T.J. Graham lands with Titans (1:57 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Wilkening: One of the more notable wide receivers released on Saturday has quickly found a new home. The Titans have been awarded ex-Bills wideout T.J. Graham on waivers, Adam Caplan of ESPN reported Sunday. A 2012 third-round pick out of N.C. State, the 25-year-old Graham was a 17-game starter for Buffalo in his two seasons with…

Sammy Watkins’ status will be a big question this week (12:57 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: Every year, there’s a player or two whose health hovers over the launch of the regular-season schedule.  This year, one such player will be Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, the player who triggered an all-in move by G.M. Doug Whaley and coach Doug Marrone in the hopes that the team will be sufficiently competitive to persuade…

Under Review: Fred Jackson (12:49 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Alexandra Vitale sits down with Bills running back Fred Jackson to talk about the team this season.

C.J. Spiller finally hires a new agent (12:18 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: In one of his various visits to PFT Live, Bills running back C.J. Spiller mentioned that he had not yet hired a new agent since the March 2011 passing of Gary Wichard, who died on the same day the lockout started. With Spiller now starting his contract year, it makes sense to have representation, especially…

Three-Down Linebackers (11:27 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Jeff Ratcliffe give you the heads up on which linebackers play three downs for all 32 teams.

DE Smith former teammate of Michael Sam (9:02 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills DE Jacquies Smith, who we profiled on Buffalobills.com today after he made the 53-man roster has a pretty noteworthy former college teammate, who could land on another NFL roster or practice squad soon. Smith was a college teammate of Michael Sam, who was cut by the Rams on Saturday. Much like Sam, Smith was […]

Sunday morning one-liners (8:54 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Trading up for WR T.J. Graham in the draft didn’t work out for the Bills. What a difference a year makes to the Dolphins roster. Said Patriots RB James White of QB Jimmy Garoppolo, “I just think he’s playing with more confidence, being confident in the plays that are called, trusting in the plays that are…

Bills roster by position 2006-2014 (8:42 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: With the 53-man roster reached on Saturday here’s a look at the position breakdown not only of the team this season, but the last eight seasons prior to see how some of the position numbers have varied over the years. For the third straight season the Bills have chosen to carry a kickoff specialist. In […]

DE Smith makes roster despite Pro Bowl DL talent (6:00 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: DE Jacquies Smith made the Bills 53-man roster at perhaps the most talented position group on the squad.

OC History: AFC East (4:39 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Chet Gresham takes a look at the history of each team's offensive play caller to help predict this season's fantasy winners and losers.

OC History: AFC East (4:39 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Chet Gresham takes a look at the history of each team's offensive play caller to help predict this season's fantasy winners and losers.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

8 fast facts about the 2014 Bills roster (8:10 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: From hair styles to homecomings, get to know your 2014 Bills with 8 fast facts.

NFL roundup: Rams release Sam (7:12 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Rookie defensive end Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams in their final roster cuts Saturday afternoon.

Bills sign QB Orton; cut 10 including WR Graham (6:25 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Veteran quarterback Kyle Orton is in and Jeff Tuel out after the Buffalo Bills shuffled their backup quarterbacks on Saturday for the second time this week. Orton, a nine-year NFL veteran, signed a one-year contract as the Bills finally addressed their lengthy search for an established veteran to play behind second-year starter EJ Manuel.

Patriots cut WR-KR Boyce, LS Aiken (6:20 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Second-year wide receiver Josh Boyce, who entered training camp favored to be New England's No. 1 kick returner, and long snapper Danny Aiken were among those cut Saturday as the Patriots got to the 53-player limit.

Patriots cut WR-KR Boyce, LS Aiken (6:20 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Second-year wide receiver Josh Boyce, who entered training camp favored to be New England's No. 1 kick returner, and long snapper Danny Aiken were among those cut Saturday as the Patriots got to the 53-player limit.

Bills release Jeff Tuel, nine others (4:32 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Wilkening: The changes continue to the Bills’ QB depth chart. Second-year quarterback Jeff Tuel, who competed for the top backup job this summer, was among 10 players released by the Bills on Saturday, the club announced. Tuel, who started one game as a rookie, is subject to waivers. He is also eligible for the practice squad.…

Bills trim roster to 53 (4:00 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills released 10 players to get to the 53-man roster limit.

Jeff Tuel released by Bills following Orton signing (3:56 PM)
NFL.Com - Wesseling, Chris: The Buffalo Bills released quarterback Jeff Tuel on Saturday. It's now up to Kyle Orton to back up EJ Manuel. Might another team take a gamble on Tuel?

Bills sign P Colton Schmidt (3:55 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Schmidt joins the Bills after spending the 2014 preseason with the San Francisco 49ers, where he booted seven punts for a net average of 46.1 yards.

QB Kyle Orton signs with Bills (3:50 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Orton, an eight year NFL veteran, originally entered the league as a fourth round (106th overall) draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 2005.

LB Sheppard among Colts cuts (3:39 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Indianapolis Colts on Saturday waived linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who started seven games and played in 15 last season.

Report: Bills to waive WR T.J. Graham (3:24 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Wilkening: The Bills will release of one of their regular receivers from a season ago. Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports the Bills are set to waive wide receiver T.J. Graham, a 2012 third-round pick. The 25-year-old Graham made 17 starts in his first two seasons with Buffalo, hauling in 54 passes for 683 yards and three…

AP: QB Kyle Orton to sign with Buffalo Bills (2:49 PM)
USA Today: Former Cowboys backup had seemed headed for retirement.        

Report: Orton, Bills agree to deal (2:36 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Quarterback Kyle Orton came out of his brief retirement by agreeing to contract terms with the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo News reported Saturday.

AP Source: Bills agree to sign QB Orton (1:42 PM)
Yahoo! Sports - Dallas Cowboys: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal has confirmed the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign veteran quarterback Kyle Orton to a one-year contract in addressing a key need behind starter EJ Manuel.

Colts waive LB Sheppard (1:41 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Indianapolis Colts waived linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who started seven games and played 15 last season.

AP Source: Bills agree to sign QB Orton (1:36 PM)
USA Today: Person familiar with deal confirms QB Kyle Orton agrees to sign with Buffalo Bills        

Report: Bon Jovi out of Toronto group (1:20 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: Good news, Bills fans.  Jon Bon Jovi won’t be buying the team. Bad news, Bills fans.  The Toronto-based group is still planning to try to purchase the franchise. According to the New York Post, Larry Tanenbaum and Edward Rogers have dumped Bon Jovi because Bon Jovi’s desire to control the team has limited the total…

Report: Orton, Bills agree to deal (12:37 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Quarterback Kyle Orton came out of his brief retirement by agreeing to contract terms with the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo News reported Saturday. Orton refused to report to the Dallas Cowboys this offseason as well as pay back the prorated part of his $3 million signing bonus when he decided to retire. The Cowboys finally released him in July. Orton became a free agent and avoided training camp and the exhibition season before agreeing to a one-year deal with a one-year player option with the Bills.

Kelvin Sheppard out in Indy (12:29 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: The Colts’ cuts to 53 players include a guy who started seven regular-season games a year ago. Gone, per a league source, is linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.  He appeared in 15 regular-season games, and he started both postseason games for Indianapolis. A third-round pick in 2011, Sheppard started 15 games for the Bills in 2012.  He…

Report: Bon Jovi splits from Toronto group (11:32 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Rock star Jon Bon Jovi parted ways with the Toronto-based group that hopes to buy the Buffalo Bills, the New York Post reported Friday night. The leaders of the group -- Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and Edward Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications -- believe they are in a stronger position to make a successful bid for the Bills without Bon Jovi. With Bon Jovi leading the group as the principal owner, he would be required to invest up 30 percent of the purchase price under NFL rules.

Report: Bon Jovi splits from Toronto group (11:32 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Rock star Jon Bon Jovi parted ways with the Toronto-based group that hopes to buy the Buffalo Bills, the New York Post reported Friday night. The leaders of the group -- Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and Edward Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications -- believe they are in a stronger position to make a successful bid for the Bills without Bon Jovi. With Bon Jovi leading the group as the principal owner, he would be required to invest up 30 percent of the purchase price under NFL rules.

Quarterback Kyle Orton pulls fast one on Cowboys, agrees to deal with Bills (10:50 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Quarterback Kyle Orton must have really, really hated retirement because it didn't last long. He likely never wanted to retire, of course. But through his threats, he convinced the Dallas Cowboys he did. There was a standoff all offseason as Orton refused to show up to camp, but also refused to pay back the prorated part of his signing bonus if he retired, a little more than $3 million. The Cowboys gave up the fight and released him in July . And voila, Orton was free to sign with any team. He did the veteran thing, skipped training camp and preseason, and has agreed to a one-year deal with a one-year player option with the Buffalo Bills to back up EJ Manuel, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] So Orton got to keep the $3 million he was going to have to pay back if he retired, got to escape Dallas – which, apparently was the goal, considering he was due a $3.25 million base salary from the Cowboys, which isn't bad ... and yes, feel free to make a joke about Orton rather playing for the Bills than the Cowboys – and landed a backup job behind a quarterback who has looked shaky all preseason.  It's probably fair to say Orton won't be asked back for any reunions at Cowboys Stadium by owner Jerry Jones anytime soon. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Quarterback Kyle Orton pulls fast one on Cowboys, agrees to deal with Bills (10:50 AM)
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Andrew Brandt: The Most Wonderful Season of All (8:30 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Sports Illustrated's MMQB writer Andrew Brandt joined The John Murphy Show to discuss his recent article on the business side of putting together a final roster in the NFL.

Friday's Sports In Brief (4:53 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as ''one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with.'' Ninety minutes later, he climbed into his No. 14 car and sped toward the high-banked oval at Atlanta Motor Speedway, drawing a cheer from the crowd gathered around his garage. He missed the last three races, going into seclusion after the sprint car he was driving struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., who had stepped on the track to confront him during a race. FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale.

Friday's Sports In Brief (4:53 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as ''one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with.'' Ninety minutes later, he climbed into his No. 14 car and sped toward the high-banked oval at Atlanta Motor Speedway, drawing a cheer from the crowd gathered around his garage. He missed the last three races, going into seclusion after the sprint car he was driving struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., who had stepped on the track to confront him during a race. FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale.

Report: Group boots Bon Jovi from Bills bid (1:35 AM)
ESPN.Com - ESPN.com news services: With bidding for the Buffalo Bills entering its final stages, rocker Jon Bon Jovi reportedly has parted way with the Toronto-based group hoping to purchase the NFL franchise.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ben Austro: The increase of the Penalty Flag (11:00 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Ben Austro editor and founder of FootballZebras.com joined The John Murphy Show to discuss the recent influx of penalty flags during the preseason and why there is certain emphasis on some calls over others

Buffalo Bills are signing QB Kyle Orton (10:43 PM)
NFL.Com - Rosenthal, Gregg: The Buffalo Bills are signing veteran quarterback Kyle Orton, per Ian Rapoport. Will Orton get a crack at the starting job if EJ Manuel falters?

Kyle Orton signs with Buffalo Bills (10:43 PM)
NFL.Com - Rosenthal, Gregg: The Buffalo Bills signed veteran quarterback Kyle Orton on Saturday. Will he get a crack at the starting job if EJ Manuel falters?

Bills, veteran QB Orton agree to 1-year deal (10:41 PM)
ESPN.Com - James Walker: The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent quarterback Kyle Orton, a source tells ESPN.com.

Report: Kyle Orton reaches deal with Bills (10:32 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Wilkening: He’s back. Veteran quarterback Kyle Orton has reached a one-year deal with the Bills, ESPN.com’s James Walker reported Friday night. In July, the Cowboys released Orton, who was said to be considering retirement. At the time, Dallas owner Jerry Jones indicated the 31-year-old quarterback wasn’t done playing just yet. Jones was apparently right. With 70…

Business side of the 53-Man Roster – JMS (9:36 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - johnmurphyshow:   The Bills released 10-players this afternoon inching towards the final 53-man roster as the deadline comes on Saturday. With the season opener just over a week away, we asked the listeners to weigh in on the team’s possible final roster and their thoughts on today’s cuts.   As moves around the league trickle in, […]

Lions offense progressed, defense regressed (9:18 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Detroit Lions accomplished everything they needed offensively this offseason. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson looks healthy, quarterback Matthew Stafford improved his footwork, running back Reggie Bush appears fast and new receiving weapons Golden Tate and rookie Eric Ebron look like great fits at wide receiver and tight end. On defense and special teams, though, questions remain, and those two units will likely determine the Lions' ceiling in 2014. Penalties could also remain an issue as the Lions had 25 combined in the final two preseason games.

Lions offense progressed, defense regressed (9:18 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Detroit Lions accomplished everything they needed offensively this offseason. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson looks healthy, quarterback Matthew Stafford improved his footwork, running back Reggie Bush appears fast and new receiving weapons Golden Tate and rookie Eric Ebron look like great fits at wide receiver and tight end. On defense and special teams, though, questions remain, and those two units will likely determine the Lions' ceiling in 2014. Penalties could also remain an issue as the Lions had 25 combined in the final two preseason games.

Green-Ellis, Moorman among early wave of NFL cuts (9:06 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Law Firm has closed up shop in Cincinnati. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was released by the Bengals on Friday, among a handful of players out of jobs - for now - as NFL teams started to trim their rosters to get down to the mandatory 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Green-Ellis was Cincinnati's top rusher the past two seasons, but the running back with the amusing nickname was made expendable once the Bengals drafted LSU's Jeremy Hill in the second round in May. Cincinnati also waived linebacker Brandon Joiner, defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and quarterback Tyler Wilson. Also among the announced cuts: Buffalo punter Brian Moorman and quarterback Jordan Palmer, Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth, Jacksonville center Mike Brewster, Atlanta linebacker Pat Angerer and Chicago running back Jordan Lynch, a former Heisman trophy finalist as a quarterback at Northern Illinois.

The John Murphy Show August 29 (9:05 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: We recap the news of the day including the roster moves. Andrew Brandt from SI's MMQB discusses the business of building a 53-man roster. Ben Austro from FootballZebras.com on the increase of penalties. Plus, all the highlights from Thursday night's game.

Bills cut QB Palmer, sign Orton (7:27 PM)
Yahoo! Sports - Dallas Cowboys: The Buffalo Bills reduced their roster with the release of recently signed quarterback Jordan Palmer and nine other players and then added free agent quarterback Kyle Orton on Friday.

Report: Bills sign long-snapper Sanborn to three-year extension (7:26 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Wilkening: The Bills have signed one of their core special teams players to a new contract. The club announced Friday it had signed long-snapper Garrison Sanborn to a contract extension. According to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post, Sanborn received a three-year deal averaging $1.1 million per season. Sanborn is now under contract for the next…

QB Palmer, P Moorman among 10 players cut by Bills (6:51 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Veteran punter Brian Moorman is out for a second time in Buffalo. The two were among 10 players cut Friday, a day after the Bills closed the preseason with a 23-0 loss to the Detroit Lions. Moorman is a 13-year NFL veteran who spent 12 seasons in Buffalo. The Bills (1-4) also cut cornerbacks Kamaal McIlwain and Sam Miller, linebacker Xavius Boyd, defensive tackle Landon Cohen, tight end Dominique Jones, fullback Evan Rodriguez, receiver Naaman Roosevelt and center Jared Wheeler.

Green-Ellis, Moorman among early wave of NFL cuts (6:40 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Law Firm has closed up shop in Cincinnati. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was released by the Bengals on Friday, among a handful of players out of jobs - for now - as NFL teams started to trim their rosters to get down to the mandatory 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Green-Ellis was Cincinnati's top rusher the past two seasons, but the running back with the amusing nickname was made expendable once the Bengals drafted LSU's Jeremy Hill in the second round in May. Cincinnati also waived linebacker Brandon Joiner, defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and quarterback Tyler Wilson. Also among the announced cuts: Buffalo punter Brian Moorman and quarterback Jordan Palmer, Jacksonville center Mike Brewster, Atlanta linebacker Pat Angerer and Chicago running back Jordan Lynch, a former Heisman trophy finalist as a quarterback at Northern Illinois.

Green-Ellis, Moorman among early wave of NFL cuts (6:40 PM)
USA Today: Bengals' Green-Ellis, Bills' Moorman among cuts as NFL teams start to get to 53-player limit        

LS Garrison Sanborn signs extension with Bills (6:40 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Sanborn has been the team’s primary long snapper for the past five seasons and has played in all 80 games since 2009.

NFL roundup: 49ers LB Smith suspended 9 games (6:34 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The NFL suspended San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies. Smith, 24, will be eligible to return to the 49ers' active roster on Nov. 10 following the team's Nov. 9 game against New Orleans. "Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. It was his second such arrest since entering the NFL in 2011.

QB Palmer, P Moorman among 10 players cut by Bills (6:06 PM)
USA Today: Buffalo Bills cut 10 players, including newly signed QB Jordan Palmer and veteran P Moorman        

Bills' cuts include QB Palmer (5:27 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills reduced their roster Friday with the release of recently signed quarterback Jordan Palmer and nine other players.

QB Palmer, P Moorman among 10 players cut by Bills (4:58 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Newly signed backup quarterback Jordan Palmer and veteran punter Brian Moorman were among 10 players released by the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo Bills release Jordan Palmer, Brian Moorman (4:29 PM)
NFL.Com - Rosenthal, Gregg: Jordan Palmer's stint with the Buffalo Bills was short-lived. The team released the quarterback after signing him less than a week ago.

Bills’ initial cuts include Jordan Palmer, Brian Moorman (4:28 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: The Buffalo Bills have commenced the process of trimming the roster from 75 to 53.  To get there, the Bills got rid of one of their newest and oldest players. Gone is quarterback Jordan Palmer, who signed with the Bills earlier this week.  Also gone is punter Brian Moorman, who spent 11-plus seasons with the…

Bills unsure at quarterback heading into season (4:23 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills have spent an inordinate amount of time worrying about their backup quarterbacks the past couple weeks, and there still is plenty to gripe about now that the regular season is about to begin in Chicago. The Bills released Jordan Palmer on Friday, leaving the backup job in the hands of Jeff Tuel. But as the Bills try to put behind them a miserable preseason where they went 1-4 and were anemic on offense, they also have to be concerned with the play of their starting quarterback, EJ Manuel. Only then did coach Doug Marrone sit his starters down for the remainder of the game.

Bolts bounce cornerback Crezdon Butler (4:17 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: Cornerback Crezdon Butler was believed to be on the roster bubble in San Diego.  He was. Per a league source, the Chargers have released Butler.  A fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2010, Butler has played for the Cardinals (2011), Washington (2012), Cardinals again (2012), Bills (2012) and Chargers (2013). Despite no career starts, Butler…

Bills reduce roster to 62 ahead of 53-man deadline (4:15 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills have released 10 players, including veteran P Brian Moorman, in advance of the league's 53-man roster deadline.

Brian Moorman's open letter to Buffalo (4:14 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The fan-favorite and Bills veteran reflects on his career in buffalo after being released by the Bills.

Bears' defense is an aging whine (2:45 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The 2013 season had just ended in disaster for the Chicago Bears and general manager Phil Emery sat down to address the media about how he was going to solve their defensive collapse. The 2014 training camp and preseason have ended, and the Bears' defense is apparently set for the opener with Buffalo. The Bears are 1.09 years older per man than they were last year at the starting positions and older at nine of the 11 positions, than on opening day last year. The only spots where they're younger are strong side linebacker, with Shea McClellin five years younger than James Anderson was, and right defensive end with Jared Allen a year younger than Julius Peppers was.

Bears' defense is an aging whine (2:45 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The 2013 season had just ended in disaster for the Chicago Bears and general manager Phil Emery sat down to address the media about how he was going to solve their defensive collapse. The 2014 training camp and preseason have ended, and the Bears' defense is apparently set for the opener with Buffalo. The Bears are 1.09 years older per man than they were last year at the starting positions and older at nine of the 11 positions, than on opening day last year. The only spots where they're younger are strong side linebacker, with Shea McClellin five years younger than James Anderson was, and right defensive end with Jared Allen a year younger than Julius Peppers was.

Bills unsure at quarterback heading into season (2:25 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills have spent an inordinate amount of time worrying about their backup quarterbacks the past couple weeks, and there still is plenty to gripe about now that the regular season is about to begin in Chicago. Simply put, it would be a safe bet to say that Buffalo's backup quarterbacking duo -- Jeff Tuel and Jordan Palmer at this point -- may be the weakest in the league, although possibly subject to change as a part of the NFL's final roster juggling. But as the Bills try to put behind them a miserable preseason where they went 1-4 and were anemic on offense, they also have to be concerned with the play of their starting quarterback, EJ Manuel. Only then did coach Doug Marrone sit his starters down for the remainder of the game.

Steelers eyeing needs after uneven preseason (1:37 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: One of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's pet phrases is: ''Your tape is your resume.'' Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is hoping he won't have to polish his up when rosters are trimmed to 53 players on Saturday. The former first-round pick made a compelling argument during training camp, making contributions on special teams and catching a team-high nine passes for 98 yards during Pittsburgh's 1-3 preseason. Heyward-Bey is fighting for a spot behind Pro Bowler Antonio Brown, second-year prospect Markus Wheaton and veteran Lance Moore on the depth chart and seemed to get better as he grew more familiar with offensive coordinator Todd Haley's multi-faceted approach. ''I just went out there with the mindset of getting better each and every day, dealing with the coaching staff and I think that's a good way to go about it,'' Heyward-Bey said.

Steelers eyeing needs after uneven preseason (1:37 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: One of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's pet phrases is: ''Your tape is your resume.'' Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is hoping he won't have to polish his up when rosters are trimmed to 53 players on Saturday. The former first-round pick made a compelling argument during training camp, making contributions on special teams and catching a team-high nine passes for 98 yards during Pittsburgh's 1-3 preseason. Heyward-Bey is fighting for a spot behind Pro Bowler Antonio Brown, second-year prospect Markus Wheaton and veteran Lance Moore on the depth chart and seemed to get better as he grew more familiar with offensive coordinator Todd Haley's multi-faceted approach. ''I just went out there with the mindset of getting better each and every day, dealing with the coaching staff and I think that's a good way to go about it,'' Heyward-Bey said.

Bills Focus: Defensive Depth and Versatility (10:00 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills defense were once again stout against the run from the starters down to the reserves. They also got solid play from rookie linebacker Preston Brown who took on multiple roles at his position.

Conflicting reports regarding Bills offers (9:26 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: Eventually, a winning bidder will emerge for the Bills, with a check that precisely identifies the exact dollars, down to the 00/100.  For now, it’s unclear how much that amount will be.  Especially since the reports are conflicting regarding the amounts that have been offered. Last week, the Buffalo News reported that Sabres owner Terry…

Fan Friday 8-29 (8:36 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: The preseason is now in the books and rosters will all be down to 53 by Saturday at 4 pm. For now let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills. 1 – @ChrisBrownBills do you have an early projection for which wideouts will make the team? NunnBetta CB: I honestly believe […]

Why Chandler and Gilmore sat out (8:24 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: In the preseason finale Thursday almost all the starters opened the game on offense and defense. There were however a couple of missing pieces from the lineups on each side of the ball. The offense was missing their starting tight end and left guard. The defense was missing their starting cornerback opposite Leodis McKelvin. Here’s […]

Friday morning one-liners (7:16 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: The Bills offense couldn’t find the end zone in the preseason finale. DT Garrison Smith made a strong final impression on the Dolphins. Patriots WR Aaron Dobson caught a touchdown in his first preseason action of the year. If WR Stephen Hill needed a strong game to make the Jets, he’ll have a hard time…

Bills 'D' looks primed for regular season (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Buffalo's first team defense put a solid cap on their preseason Thursday.

Preseason roundup: Lions close with shutout of Bills (2:56 AM)
USA Today: The preseason came to a close Thursday night, and now all eyes are on season openers.        

Bills Roundup: Buffalo Shutout in Preseason Finale (1:50 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Detroit's two first half touchdowns were enough as the Lions shutout the Bills 23-0 in the preseason finale on Thursday night.

Doug Marrone on Team Performance (1:39 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills head coach talks about the overall performance of the team, and adding a quarterback late in the preseason.

QB Palmer makes no excuses (12:29 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: He had just two days to learn an offensive system here in Buffalo after being immersed in Chicago’s for the better part of the last calendar year. It made executing Buffalo’s offense a big challenge for even a veteran like Jordan Palmer, but following his three interception performance he only pointed at himself. “It was […]

Watkins re-injured ribs (12:23 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: Bills receiver Sammy Watkins returned from a rib injury to suffer a new rib injury.  To the same ribs. The Bills disclosed that Watkins departed the preseason shutout finale against the Lions with the same injury that knocked him out of the team’s third preseason game (of five) against Pittsburgh. Watkins’ availability will now come…

Why Marrone still looking for kickoff guy (12:18 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: With the preseason coming to a close head coach Doug Marrone is still trying to nail down a kickoff specialist for his squad. They claimed P/K Jordan Gay off waivers this week and he had a kickoff to start the second half. It went to the goal line and he had a punt. Marrone sees […]

Kellen Moore leads Lions to shutout win over Buffalo Bills (12:18 AM)
NFL.Com - Associated Press: The Detroit Lions have several big decisions to make before establishing their 53-player regular-season roster following a 23-0 win over the Buffalo Bills.

EJ Manuel Postgame Press Conference (12:14 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills quarterback talks about his performance against the Lions, not having all his receivers on the field, and hoping for a better outcome on Thursday night.

Offensive players not concerned (12:09 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: The Bills offense knows they didn’t finish the preseason the way they wanted to, but it hasn’t dampened the unit’s confidence in their ability to move the ball and score points. Bills C Eric Wood said preseason results shouldn’t be shaking anyone’s belief on the offensive side of the ball. “You just have to put […]

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