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Bills figure nicely in NFL stats

The Buffalo Bills rank in the middle of the NFL in terms of the age of their roster.

The average age of the 32 NFL rosters is 26.63 years. The Bills' 53-man average age is 26.51 years, which is tied for 15th youngest. Tennessee has the youngest roster, with an average of 24.98 years, followed by Minnesota (25.23), Indianapolis (25.70) and Jacksonville (25.96).

New Orleans has the oldest average at 28.17, followed by Washington (27.66), Kansas City (27.62) and New England (27.53). Kansas City has the most players age 30-and-over at 18, followed by the Pats, 'Skins and Saints (all 16). The Bills have 11.

The Bills have 12 players listed at 200 pounds or less, tied for the most in the league. The Bills have 13 players at 300 pounds or more, tied for second most in the league.

Florida State is the college with the most players on NFL rosters, at 42. Florida and Tennessee are tied for second at 37. Georgia and Ohio State each have 35. Michigan (34), Miami (33), Auburn (31), Louisiana State (30) and Notre Dame (30) complete the top 10.

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The Bills worked indoors at their field house Friday, and everyone participated except for tight end Tim Euhus and receiver Roscoe Parrish, who are out. Tampa Bay's starting left guard, Matt Stinchcomb, has not practiced all week due to a sore lower back. He's likely to be replaced by rookie Dan Buenning.

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Bills players spent 30 minutes last week in a mass autograph signing session in an effort to raise awareness by fund raising for victims of Hurricane Katrina. More than 200 autographed items, including a J.P. Losman jersey, gloves from Eric Moulds and shoes from Nate Clements, London Fletcher and Lawyer Milloy, will be auctioned on the NFL Auction eBay Web site starting Thursday. All proceeds go to the relief effort.

The Bills also donated about 50 boxes of clothes, some of which was sent to the Louisiana State athletic department and some of which was sent to the United Way. Go to NFL.com for the auction items.

e-mail: mgaughan@buffnews.com

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