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LB Ramon Humber will play Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2016 – 5:26 pm

Bills LB Ramon Humber, just signed Wednesday morning, did make the trip to Detroit with the team and will play Thursday night.

Humber has familiarity with Rex Ryan’s 3-4 scheme having played in a similar version the past three seasons in New Orleans under Rob Ryan, where he previously served as defensive coordinator.

Humber will wear jersey number 50.


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Robey-Coleman not traveling to Detroit

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2016 – 2:23 pm

While a host of starters won’t be playing in Buffalo’s preseason finale in Detroit, the large majority of them will be traveling with the team. That won’t be the case however, for Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Buffalo’s nickel corner was back on the practice field for the first time Tuesday since suffering a knee injury last week. He told Buffalobills.com that his knee performed very well and he was very encouraged. He’s confident he’ll be ready for Week 1, but plans to do everything between now and then to make sure that happens.

With that in mind Robey-Coleman won’t be making the trip to Detroit with the rest of the team.

“I’m going to be here in Buffalo getting (treatment and rehab) in every day all the way up to Week 1,” he said. “Everybody else is going to travel. I’m not going to travel. I’m going to stay here and do treatment and then starting that week we’re going to do a couple of more little things with the trainers and I’m going to be out there live.”


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Watkins declares himself 100 percent

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2016 – 4:16 pm

For weeks he’s assured that his foot is healed, but pushing himself to the limit on the field is something he didn’t do until yesterday (Sunday). The good news is he came back and did the same thing Monday at practice.

“Yeah that’s what I’m doing every day. I’m trying to get faster and faster at the things that were kind of in my head with the injury. But every day, I’m speeding up. I’d say today I was going 100 percent. The other day, 100 percent. I knocked two days out and my foot felt fine,” Watkins said. “Still got to get in the cold tub but its right where it need to be.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said Watkins preseason game time is over. After just two series at Washington, Watkins won’t see the field again in uniform until Week 1 in Baltimore. But Watkins believes he’s ready. There’s just one thing he’s trying to capture on the field to be completely prepared.

“Just trying to get that timing with Tyrod,” he said. “And mentally just trying to get in game shape and game speed. Those two series didn’t do enough for me so trying to get it done this week, more so the next week. And I’m just trying to work. I’m trying to get back in the groove of things.”

When asked if he’d be ready to play if there was a regular season game on Sunday, Watkins answered in the affirmative.

“Yeah, I’d score a couple touchdowns,” said Watkins chuckling. “I’d be prepared.”

Watkins said right now he’s keeping his routes smooth, but come the regular season he’ll be making them “jerkier” and more difficult for DBs to mirror.


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Spikes rounding into form

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2016 – 10:29 am

His first week with the Bills at training camp, Brandon Spikes was falling all over himself thanks to a full calendar year away from the game. The veteran linebacker was on his couch in 2015, unable to latch on with a club. Now three weeks in with Buffalo, Spikes feels his game rounding back into form.

“Like night and day,” Spikes told Buffalobills.com. “The first day I just felt out of shape and my balance I was all over the place on the ground falling down. Now I’m getting back to myself. I feel like I still have a long way to go, but as long as I can stay at it every day and keep my head in the playbook I’ll be fine. Right now I’m a little hesitant about certain stuff, but it comes with the reps.”

Spikes’ greatest asset is his ability to diagnose run versus pass. He had a couple of plays where he made tackles in the run front before offensive linemen could even set their blocks.

“I see him getting better and better and I think he’s playing more,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “He actually looks quicker. He’s taking to the defense. I love the temperament that he has. I think that’s a real positive. All the guys in that locker room, they look up to him. They all respect him and I think that’s a real positive as well.”

“I would say 75-80 percent of that is instincts and 20 percent is film study,” said Spikes of his run-pass diagnosis. “I knew what was going to happen and they did exactly what the coaches said they would do and I was able to read and react. And that’s one of the things I’m good at is stopping the run.”

Spikes still brings the wood when he hits ball carriers as well, but right now he’s hoping to finish the preseason strong so he can lock down one of the team’s 53 roster spots.

 


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Robey-Coleman expects to be ready Week 1

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2016 – 9:10 am

Nickell Robey-Coleman missed last week’s preseason game with a knee injury, suffered in the final week of training camp when he was accidentally leg whipped by Kevon Seymour. He missed practice again on Sunday, but doesn’t see his injury putting him in jeopardy of missing the season opener.

“Yeah, give me, I feel like another week, two weeks I will be ready,” said Robey-Coleman, who worked on the side Sunday with the strength and conditioning staff. “I am doing good. I did a lot of running today, side to side movement and things like that and it felt real good on my joints, and felt good on my body.”

With Robey-Coleman and Seymour (hamstring) both injured, Corey White and Sterling Moore have assumed top nickel corner duties on defense.


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Season Ticket Members of the Month – August

Posted by Kelly Baker on August 29, 2016 – 7:20 am

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Rick DiVita has been a valued Buffalo Bills Season Ticket Member since 2004. A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., DiVita has cherished his time at Buffalo Bills games for over a decade. Through the years, DiVita has enjoyed watching his favorite players take the field. DiVita’s All-Time favorites include quarterback Jim Kelly, wide receiver Andre Reed and wide receiver Bob Chandler, whereas his current favorite Bills are defensive tackle Kyle Williams, wide receiver Robert Woods and center Eric Wood.

Reminiscing on his years as a Bills fan, DiVita fondly recalls his favorite moment—the 1990 AFC Championship game where the Bills took on the Los Angeles Raiders. Putting on a dominant performance, which resulted in a 51-3 win for Buffalo, DiVita knew at halftime that the Bills were on their way to Super Bowl XXV—the franchise’s first of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances.

As a Season Ticket Member, DiVita loves that he is able to spend quality time with his friends while cheering on the Bills. For DiVita, the feeling that he gets when he hears the Bills lineup spoken over the loudspeaker is one that is impossible to forget.

Congratulations, Rick!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Rick for his 12+ years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our second Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of August. In addition to Rick being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he received two pregame on field passes to the Bills versus Giants game on August 20th, a seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, email us the account number, name, and the reason for your nomination to Tickets@bills.nfl.net. Please use the subject line, “STM of the Month Nomination.”


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Rex still waiting for separation at WR

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2016 – 4:30 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was again asked if anyone has pulled away from the pack at the wide receiver position, one of the few legitimate position competitions for roster spots. Though training camp is over and the regular season is closing in Ryan doesn’t believe anyone has definitively staked claim to a role beyond the top two wideouts (Watkins, Woods).

“I think there is good competition there still,” he said. “You’re not just competing with our roster you’re competing with the whole league. I’ve been really encouraged by Walter Powell. I think he’s done a nice job for us in the return game and as a receiver. And I think Boykin, Little, Dez (Lewis), everybody has had their… you see things from them that they can play. I don’t think anybody has jumped out and taken a job yet. That’s something that we’ll continue to watch going into this last preseason game.”

 

 


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Cordy confident in practice speed

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2016 – 2:29 pm

Rex Ryan has no intention of playing Cordy Glenn in Thursday’s final preseason game even though he has yet to taste preseason action. Ryan insists they’ll replicate game speed in practice to get Glenn ready. The veteran offensive tackle believes that’s realistic with the experience they have on both the offensive and defensive lines.

“I think we do a good job of that,” Glenn told Buffalobills.com. “Guys who have been around for a couple of years know how to do it and the young guys can just follow their lead. So I think we’ll be able to handle it.”

Glenn missed most of training camp with an ankle injury.


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Rex: The best EJ Manuel I’ve seen

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2016 – 2:19 am

Lost in the news about ACL knee injuries for Chris Gragg and Jonathan Dowling, and Rex Ryan’s decision to sit a lot of his starters in what is typically the last dress rehearsal for a team’s first unit on both sides of the ball, was another solid outing by EJ Manuel.

Manuel’s numbers don’t look great in the end, but he was the victim of spotty pass protection and some dropped passes as he played almost the entire game Friday against Washington.

He finished the game 21-39 passing for 221 yards with an interception on the last play of the game that was forced into coverage to try to get a game-winning touchdown pass to Walt Powell.

Overall Ryan has been impressed with the growth he’s witnessed in his backup quarterback.

“I thought he played really well and if we can protect him we would be in business,” said Ryan of Manuel’s performance. “That’s unfortunate. We’ve got to do a better job in protection. But I thought he played really well and he’s done that. I told you guys I feel really good about our quarterback situation including EJ.”

Manuel’s ball location on the whole was good, despite being under duress much of the game. He was also decisive when it came to where he was going with the football and though he was sacked twice his internal clock seemed to be in sync with Washington’s pass rush.

“I think every time we put him out there he’s done a great job. He threw the touchdown at the end, but sure enough, it’s OPI (offensive pass interference) so the touchdown is called back.”

Ryan was referring to Manuel’s touchdown pass to Powell two plays prior to Manuel’s final throw that was picked off. Powell was flagged for offensive pass interference.

“But I really liked the way he played. I love the way he competes. He’s got a great look in his face. He loves competing. You know what? Sometimes quarterbacks take a little longer to develop. I think this is the best EJ Manuel I’ve seen.”


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Fan Friday 8-26

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2016 – 11:38 am

Preseason game number three tonight against Washington. Here is the latest edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills who will be our tight ends 2 and 3?

JR Mauro @mrsju007

CB: Right now it’s Chris Gragg and Jim Dray. Dray is strictly a blocking TE, who is serviceable in the short area pass game. Gragg has done the most to this point in camp and the preseason. The only other tight end that has flashed is Nick O’Leary. Blake Annen and Jimmay Mundine have had a tough time making plays on a consistent basis.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Is it almost a guarantee we grab a roster cut for OL Depth?

Gabriel Erlichman @Gabezababe

@ChrisBrownBills
Think there could be any vet receivers signed before the season starts up?

Paulie Fricano @PaulieFric

CB: Since these questions were similar I decided to group them together. Buffalo’s pro personnel department keeps a close eye on the waiver wire and player cuts as do the other 31 teams. The answer to both of these questions is dependent upon the caliber of player released.

If the front office sees a player waived or released and deems it an upgrade they will have interest. At this point I would put adding depth at offensive line ahead of depth at receiver.

The Bills have a good starting five. If Seantrel Henderson’s return is successful that would be a huge addition for line depth with him and Kouandjio at tackle. On the interior beyond Ryan Groy and vet Fernando Velasco it’s a bit thin.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Hey Chris, how much of an offensive role do you expect from Reggie bush

ryan marx@rmarx188

CB: I think of Bush as an offensive specialist. He’ll be the team’s top return man. His role on offense I expect to be extremely varied. I foresee OC Greg Roman putting together a package of plays for Bush every week. Based on the opponent he could line up out wide as a receiver. He could line up in a split backfield with LeSean McCoy. I don’t expect him to steal many carries away from LeSean McCoy. He’ll have a specialty role that I think will have him on the field for 10-15 plays a game depending on how much they feel his talents can take advantage of that week’s opponent.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills where is Corey Graham on the depth chart? Also hearing a lot about the db outta southern cal, are you as impressed?

kevin dammeyer@dammeyer12

CB: Graham is the starting SS and has performed well throughout camp. Duke Williams has been paired with him the last couple of weeks with Aaron Williams sidelined with his concussion. As for Kevon Seymour, yes he has been impressive. At 6-0 185 he’s got good size for the position and his movement skills are strong.

He’s been running mainly as a second team cornerback with veteran Corey White behind Gilmore and Darby. But he was also used as the first team nickel corner in the slot when Nickell Robey-Coleman went out with injury. Seymour has performed admirably and is threatening to be the third corner on this team behind Pro Bowl caliber players in Darby and Gilmore.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills How much of an uptick in passing volume do you think is coming from Tyrod?

Adam Pfeifer@APfeifer24

CB: I asked this exact question of Greg Roman and his answer was understandably vague since he doesn’t want Buffalo’s opponents getting any idea as to what their plans are for this fall.

Last season the Bills were 31st in the league in pass attempts per game at 27.1. They also led the league in rush attempts. I think there will be a slight shift, but Buffalo is not going to abandon what worked extraordinarily well last year.

So the answer is yes, but not to a great degree. Maybe Buffalo averages 30-32 pass attempts per game. If God forbid LeSean McCoy is injured and out for a few games then I think the pass attempts could jump higher.


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Season Ticket Members of the Month – August

Posted by Kelly Baker on August 26, 2016 – 10:09 am

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Patrick Mooney has been a loyal Buffalo Bills fan and Season Ticket Member for the last 46 years. A resident of Le Roy, N.Y., Mooney attended his first Bills game with a close friend in 1969, after spending four years serving in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. From watching his All-Time favorite Bills players such as quarterbacks Jack Kemp, Jim Kelly and Doug Flutie to his current favorite Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Mooney has made many lasting memories.

“I’ve had a lot of fun going to the games over the years,” said Mooney.

Although it’s difficult for Mooney to select a single favorite Bills memory, there is one game that is still very vivid in his mind—the 1990 AFC Divisional Playoff game.

“One of the best that I enjoyed was the Kansas City game, when they (Bills) made the playoffs,” said Mooney. “It was in January, and the weather was exceptionally warm…you would never believe it.”

As a long-time Season Ticket Member, Mooney has come to cherish his time spent on Sundays at the stadium with his family.

“I enjoy spending the day with the family, going up with lots of friends” said Mooney. “We have a large camper we go up in and we cook, tailgate and talk about the game. We have a lot of fun.”

Congratulations, Patrick!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Patrick for his 46 years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our first Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of August. In addition to Patrick being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he received two pregame on field passes to the Bills versus Colts game on August 13th, a seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, email us the account number, name, and the reason for your nomination to Tickets@bills.nfl.net. Please use the subject line, “STM of the Month Nomination.”


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Rex looking for WRs to make plays

Posted by Chris Brown on August 24, 2016 – 4:55 pm

Knowing how tight things have been at the receiver position, head coach Rex Ryan put the onus on a few receivers in particular to perform heading into the team’s third preseason game at Washington.

Ryan was asked for an assessment of the play in camp of a few wideouts and did not mince words.

On Dez Lewis
“I haven’t seen that big of an improvement from him,” Ryan said. “He’ll get some opportunities and he’s got to stand up if he wants to make this team. He’s got to earn it, nobody’s going to give you anything. I love having a big-size guy that should be a red-zone threat but eventually you got to come down with some plays.”

On Greg Salas
“I think he’s proven that he’s a reliable target. The thing that he hasn’t proved over his career is that he can stay healthy,” Ryan said. “And again this year, he has the hamstring, so that’s a concern. But when he’s out there, we know he’s a fine receiver.”

On Walt Powell
“I would say he’s probably not as consistent as we’d like, but you know you’re going to get great effort from Walt,” said Ryan. “He’s a courageous kid but that’s kind of what we’re trying to focus on, is him being more consistent and I’m talking about with everything. Alignment, assignment—all that type of stuff, his technique. Those are the types of things we keep harping on and I think if he can do those things, he’s got good skills, so we just keep working with him and I know he’s a hard-working kid so hopefully he’ll get even better.”

Finally Ryan confirmed that neither Kolby Listenbee nor Marcus Easley are close to returning to practice field anytime soon. When asked if either could be designated for the Reserve/PUP list Ryan gave indication that it was premature to consider it.


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Training on side continues for Shaq

Posted by Chris Brown on August 24, 2016 – 2:55 pm

He’s been doing a lot of rehab work away from the field, but toward the end of training camp, top pick Shaq Lawson was doing more on the side with the strength and conditioning staff while his teammates were practicing at training camp.

Head coach Rex Ryan had no formal update regarding a timetable for his return to football related activity, but he did confirm that Lawson has been training hard.

“I know he’s been training—I think behind closed doors, this guy works his tail off in there,” said Ryan. “So I think they’ll probably just progress him with more running and stuff but he’s been working hard.”

No word on when a decision might be made concerning his roster status. Reserve/PUP would seem to be a viable option for the outside linebacker when the time comes to make a decision.


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A look at Bills third down defensive success

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2016 – 8:42 am

Buffalo’s third down defense, as pointed out in our game coverage of Saturday’s shutout win over the Giants, was dominant. It was rooted in two main factors, execution and their effectiveness on first and second down.

The Bills defense had solid execution on third down as they looked very much in sync across the board. Helping was the fact that they did a great job of creating long down and distance situations on third down for the Giants offense. By keeping New York’s gains on first and second down to a minimum, nine of New York’s third down situations were 3rd-and-8 or more.

“(The Giants) were one-for-11 on third down, which was the first of the game because we weren’t on the same page,” said Rex Ryan. “The rest of the time we were, so I’m really happy with that. I’m really happy with the way the ‘D’ played.”

Ryan is referring to New York’s only conversion, which came on a 3rd-and-12, when Odell Beckham Jr. was able to slide underneath Stephon Gilmore on a slant. It appeared that Gilmore thought he had inside help, but it wasn’t there, which could explain Ryan’s comment of not being on the same page. Either way it was an impressive night of third down defense. Here’s a look at how each of the Giants third down plays ended in futility aside from their first conversion of the game.

Giants third down situations
3rd-and-12 – first down reception by Odell Beckham Jr.
3rd-and-11 – nine-yard completion (Manning to TE Will Tye)
3rd-and-19- Rashad Jennings 11-yard carry
3rd-and-16 – Manning sacked by Lorenzo Alexander
3rd-and-2 – incomplete
3rd-and-10 – incomplete
3rd-and-8 – Ryan Nassib three-yard scramble
3rd-and-9 – incomplete
3rd-and-13 – incomplete
3rd-and-14 – Nassib sacked by Lavar Edwards and Kroy Biermann
3rd-and-7 – incomplete


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Bills game a historic one for women

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2016 – 8:24 am

It was only a preseason game for some, but for women Saturday marked a historic game in the NFL. Saturday’s game between the Bills and Giants marked the first ever that had a female official and a female coach.

Line judge Sarah Thomas and Bills special teams quality control coach Kathryn Smith were the reason for the league first. Thomas is entering her second NFL season as an official, while Smith is entering her first as a member of Rex Ryan’s coaching staff.

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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2016 – 3:08 pm

Here is the list of Bills inactive players for tonight’s game against the Giants. 

WR Greg Salas

WR Sammy Watkins

WR Kolby Listenbee

CB Nickell Robey-Coleman

S Aaron Williams

LB Reggie Ragland

OL Richie Incognito

OL Seantrel Henderson

DL Alameda Ta’Amu

OT Cordy Glenn 

WR Marcus Easley

DL Shaq Lawson

OLB Manny Lawson

DT Kyle Williams


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Handful of Giants don’t travel to Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2016 – 11:18 pm

The Giants have a handful of players who didn’t make the trip up to Buffalo due to injury. Here’s a look at who will be watching from back in New Jersey.

WR Geremy Davis (hamstring)
TE Will Johnson (stinger)
CB Leon McFadden (bruised lower leg)
LB J.T. Thomas III (PUP, hamstring)
DE Kerry Wynn (groin)


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Gilmore unaffected by rematch with OBJ

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2016 – 10:25 am

Last season Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. had his share of run-ins with defensive backs. Most notably Josh Norman as the two came to blows. There were also issues between Beckham Jr. and the Bills last season. After an interception in the game by Stephon Gilmore last season Beckham could be seen throwing a punch at Duke Williams during Gilmore’s return. He also was accused by Preston Brown of striking him when Brown was trying to defend one of his teammates. So will emotions come bubbling to the surface Saturday afternoon?

Gilmore doesn’t believe there’s a score to settle, especially in a preseason game, but he does promise to play at his best.

“I mean anytime I step in between the lines, I’m going to play hard no matter what,” Gilmore said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s preseason, regular season I’m going to play as hard as I can. I’m just going out and like anybody else not try to let him catch the ball, you know. That’s my goal to try to play physical as I can.”

 

Gilmore, who though intensely competitive, is a pretty cool, collected player. He got in an Instagram image battle with Beckham Jr. last spring from their matchup in 2015 when Gilmore and Darby held Beckham Jr. to five catches for just 38 yards and no touchdowns.

Beckham Jr., who sat out the Giants preseason opener, is expected to play Saturday at New Era Field against Buffalo.

 


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Another sign of Taylor’s leadership

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2016 – 8:53 am

Tyrod Taylor and a few other vets decided to hold player only meetings at training camp where they go over a couple of plays that weren’t run particularly well in practice that day. More on how they work things here. Taylor’s initiative is just another example of his natural leadership skills, and the players recognize and respect it.

“It’s just good to see it from the starting quarterback,” said veteran TE Jim Dray. “I’ve been around a lot of quarterbacks and you can trust your starting quarterback who knows the ins and outs of every play. He communicates what he wants everybody to do it just makes for a much smoother operation of the playbook.”

Dray says Taylor’s leadership also demonstrates to the younger players the dedication needed to be a true professional.

“Tyrod is a pro through and through so you’ve got to take ownership of your job and ownership of the offense as players,” Dray told Buffalobills.com. “So they see that rather than just some sort of a dictatorship of a coach telling you what to do you can see how a professional does it, which is what Tyrod instills in a lot of the young guys.”


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Bills comment on Manny Lawson reports

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2016 – 1:01 pm

The Bills issued a statement Thursday regarding reports of OLB Manny Lawson being under investigation by the league for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. It read as follows. 

“We are aware of an investigation by the NFL under the Personal Conduct Policy but we have not heard from the league regarding the results.”

Lawson told the media yesterday that he was unaware of any violations on his part. 

We’ll provide more information as it becomes available here on Buffalobills.com. 


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