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Here's a look at stories from around the NFL on Thursday, Aug. 31. 1. Which team has the biggest home-field advantage? It can be difficult to decipher which teams see a quantifiable home-field advantage and which teams are simply good, but ESPN's Bill Barnwell undertook that task, looking at seasons back to 1990. The Bills scored well on Barnwell's list, finishing…

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Former Bills cornerback and Wall of Famer Booker Edgerson joined John Murphy and Donald Jones on WGR-550 AM on Wednesday. Edgerson spoke about his former teammate and roommate Cookie Gilchrist, who will be inducted into the Bills Wall of Fame on Oct. 29, during the Bills-Raiders game. Edgerson talked about Gilchrist's complicated relationship with former Bills owner …

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Here are five storylines from around the NFL on Wednesday, Aug 30: 1. The Lions are expected to withhold starters, too.  The Detroit Lions come to town Thursday for the preseason finale. The Bills, not wanting to risk second-string quarterback Nathan Peterman with Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates in concussion protocol, will give the large majority of the snaps (if not a…

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Head coach Sean McDermott Q: Where does Tyrod stand? A: Concussion protocol. Q: And T.J. [Yates]? A: Same. Q: Any sense, do you get when a guy is on concussion protocol, do you get progress reports, and if so, what are they like? A: Very little, very little information flows out of that, part of the situation. We respect what’s going on there, they’…

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The Bills sent DT Marcell Dareus home from Baltimore before Saturday's game, and then announced a contract extension for C Eric Wood. GM Brandon Beane met with the media before the game. Q: What can you tell us about Marcell Dareus? A: Well, we sent him home. He broke a team rule and Sean [McDermott] and I are--we’re going to do things the right way. Everybody – …

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Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison Q: Yesterday, Sean mentioned [Brandon] Reilly and [Daikiel] Shorts. Just brought them up, two undrafted rookies. Could you give your take on what they did the other night but what they’ve been doing in general since camp began? A: Well, I think those two guys, like you said, undrafted free agents, they come in, they made some pla…

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Head Coach Sean McDermott Opening Statement: Good morning. Just a few injury updates: most of the injuries everyone here already knows about, but just a few updates. Right now, Jonathan Williams is listed as day-to-day with a knee [injury] suffered the other day in practice; Ramon Humber will be limited, as well as Marcell Dareus. Ramon with an oblique strain at this po…

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Head coach Sean McDermott Opening Statement: Update injury-wise, the following players will not practice: Jeremy Butler still with the concussion; Colt Anderson still week-to-week with the foot; Rod Streater with the toe, injured in the game the other night – we’re still evaluating; Trae Elston with the hamstring, he’s day-to-day; Jordan Matthews (sternum), he con…

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Head Coach Sean McDermott Opening statement: The following players will not play in the game this week at Philadelphia: Jeremy Butler, still with a concussion; Jordan Matthews with the chip fracture in the sternum, he’s week-to-week; then Cordy Glenn, Cordy flew to Wisconsin and had an injection in his foot done by Dr. Anderson – we will list him as week-to-week at …

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Bills practice got a little heated Monday. Here's what players had to say after the session: DE Jerry Hughes Q: You were noticeably [upset] when you came off the field there. I saw Tyrod [Taylor] get in your face there. Was there something exchanged there? A: No, no. We exchanged words, but at the end of the day, we didn’t want them to score. I was just more ex…

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Head Coach Sean McDermott Opening Statement: Injury update – Jeremy Butler continues to be in the concussion protocol, will not practice today. Cordy Glenn remains day-to-day. Bacarri Rambo with the hamstring will not practice. Michael Ola has a little tweak on his toe, on his foot there, will not practice. And then Kevon Seymour remains day-to day with his foot. Upda…

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The Bills traded top WR Sammy Watkins and top CB Ronald Darby Friday. Interviews were conducted after the news broke.  General Manager Brandon Beane Opening Statement: Well, first off, I want to thank Sammy [Watkins] and Ronald [Darby] for their contributions to this team and the organization. They gave it their all the whole time they were here, even, you know, I d…

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Coach Sean McDermott Opening Statement: Okay, just to start off with injuries. Jonathan Williams missing time with a hamstring; Tanner Vallejo with a shoulder [injury], so really just two right there. With that, I’ll open it up to questions. Q: Why did LeSean McCoy not play today? A: You know, I’ve been around LeSean, as you guys have heard me say, for a long …

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Q: So how did the first practice go and how much had you been doing, football-wise, prior to today? A: Today went well for a first day, but I’ve been doing this for quite some time now. You don’t put too much into that first day as far as knowing everything. Knowing you’re coming into a new system, it’s still like you’re a rookie. You have to learn everything …

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GM Brandon Beane Opening Statement: Obviously, we’re very excited to get Anquan [Boldin] on board and see what he brings from a leadership standpoint. Obviously his production speaks for itself. Q: At one point you said things were at a standstill, [Anquan Boldin] was pondering options. How confident were you it was going to get done? A: I was very confident tha…