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There is no doubt that it is a new era for the Buffalo Bills. In the month that has passed since the team was eliminated from the postseason, General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott have continued to overhaul the organization, from the training staff to the coaching staff and, even an entire department that was created under the old front office structure…

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A distinguished era is coming to an end at One Bills Drive. And it may signal a shake-up in the Bills' athletic training department. Long-time Bills trainer Bud Carpenter is retiring after 33 years with the team. "We mutually agreed that now is the time," Carpenter said. "It was time to retire. How lucky am I to be 31, 32, 33 years in the same occupation and not have…

They say moving can be the most stressful time in a person's life. C.J. Spiller knows this now. He has been back in Orchard Park this week, packing up five years of Buffalo Bills memories before starting his new job with the New Orleans Saints. "I thought it would be a smooth cleanout," Spiller said Thursday morning at a Tim Hortons around the corner from Ralph Wilson St…

PITTSFORD -- Come in off that ledge, Bills fans. Electrifying rookie receiver Sammy Watkins is just fine. Watkins, the early star of training camp at St. John Fisher College, took the collective breath away from fans at this afternoon's practice after making a circus catch of a tipped ball between three defenders when he was slow to get up. Watkins' teammates immediately…

From what Fred Smerlas witnessed during his time with the Buffalo Bills, trainer Bud Carpenter deserved a Nobel Prize. "Bud Carpenter helped a guy with one brain cell walk around for three years," Smerlas said, referring to his frequent foil, former Bills coach Hank Bullough. "Hank should be a protected species. How many people can talk, breathe and eat with one brain ce…

A couple weeks after Buffalo Bills sources told me there was a sentiment among coaches that longtime athletic trainer Bud Carpenter needed to go, the Bills announced Carpenter's top assistant won an award. The Bills revealed this afternoon Greg McMillen received the AFC Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer Award at the NFL scouting combine two weeks ago. "I am honored to…

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills' top executives view their team as a family. Many of the front office's most important members have been in place for generations. Newer folks in the organization, including coaches, refer to these people as "lifers." That's not a compliment. As written this morning, key coaching staffers and scouts are frustrated with organizational fi…

INDIANAPOLIS -- Buffalo Bills coaches want to change the organization's old-school culture, but they seem to be encountering internal resistance. Key members of the staff have told me they want to update the training staff by replacing long-time head athletic trainer Bud Carpenter, but the front office is reluctant to support a switch. Within the past few days at the NFL…