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Bills will open camp July 26

The Buffalo Bills will open training camp on Thursday, July 26, at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, the team announced.

The Bills will have 15 training camp practices that are open to the public. Four of them are night practices, which will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. NFL teams open their camps 15 days before their first exhibition game. The Bills break camp on Aug. 14, three days before their second preseason game -- at Minnesota.

The dates: July 26-29, July 31, Aug. 1-4, Aug. 6-7 and Aug. 11-14. All afternoon practices are scheduled to run from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The night sessions are July 29, Aug. 1, Aug. 11 and Aug. 14. A free ticket is required to attend night sessions.

Meanwhile, the Bills also announced the signing of a free-agent wide receiver -- Derek Session. He was one of the free-agent tryout players invited to the rookie minicamp a few weeks ago. Session, 6-1, 225, is an undrafted rookie from Maine who had 132 catches for 1,364 yards and five TDs in a 48-game college career. The Bills released lineman Paul Madsen.


Pro Bowl is a go

NEW YORK -- After a promise from players that the game will be more competitive, the NFL will hold the Pro Bowl in Honolulu next Jan. 27, a week before the Super Bowl.

Commissioner Roger Goodell had made it clear canceling the all-star game was a possibility after the uninspired play of this year's 59-41 AFC victory. Following discussions between the league and the players' union, the NFL announced that Aloha Stadium would host the Pro Bowl for the third straight year.