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Tyrod Taylor is in the NFL's concussion protocol, having slammed the back of his head off the M&T Bank Stadium turf Saturday night. That happened eight plays into the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. We don't yet know when he'll be back, let alone if he's a sure thing for the regular-season opener in two weeks. Taylor's injury gave rookie N…

The Buffalo Bills announced today Kyle Orton will be their quarterback Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Orton will be the Bills' 14th starting quarterback since Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season. The list: Todd Collins Alex Van Pelt Doug Flutie Rob Johnson Drew Bledsoe J.P. Losman Kelly Holcomb Trent Edwards Ryan Fitzpatrick Brian Brohm E…

The Buffalo Bills are all out with EJ Manuel. For the past year, the Bills were all in. Now they've had enough. Manuel is headed to the bench, and Kyle Orton will become the team's 14th starter since Jim Kelly retired. Orton didn't take a practice snap all summer. The Bills signed him eight days before the season opener. He started one game for the Dallas Cowboys last y…

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Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' exhibition loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Ralph Wilson Stadium ... What it means: Oy to the vey. The Bills' starting offense looked atrocious, and their first-string defense was middling. The Bills' starters were outscored, 24-0, by the Bucs' starters at halftime. The Bills are 1-3 with one preseason game left. Starters final…

PITTSBURGH -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' exhibition loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field ... What it means: The Bills are 1-2 in the preseason, losing on a Jeff Tuel strip sack that set up the winning field goal as time expired. The Bills' first-team offense still hasn't scored a touchdown. Starters struggle: Bills coach Doug Marrone went with his…

Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers in Bank of America Stadium ... What it means: The Bills are 1-1 in the preseason with three more exhibitions to go. QB report: EJ Manuel completed his first seven passes for 60 yards before a misfire on the second possession. He played into the second quarter and completed nine of his 1…

CANTON, Ohio -- The third quarter got off to a tough start for the Buffalo Bills' offense and defense. Buffalo's third quarterback of the night, Thad Lewis, was intercepted on a deep ball intended for Marcus Easley on the Bills' first drive of the second half. It looked like rookie linebacker Preston Brown returned the favor for the Bills on the Giants' ensuing possessio…

CANTON, Ohio -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' preseason-opening loss to the New York Giants in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium ... What it means: Almost nothing. It's the preseason opener. The Bills have four more games to go before the regular season begins Sept. 7 at the Chicago Bears. QB report: EJ Manuel played only two series. He com…

PITTSFORD -- If 2013 sixth-round draft pick Dustin Hopkins is to stick with the Buffalo Bills this season, it will be as a kickoff specialist only. That was the word from coach Doug Marrone after the team finished up its third practice of training camp this morning at St. John Fisher College. That means the kicking job belongs to Dan Carpenter, who has followed up a rock-…

PITTSFORD -- The frustration was evident in Doug Marrone this morning after the Buffalo Bills went through their first padded practice of training camp at St. John Fisher College. Normally one to fill a reporter's notebook, most of the coach's responses were limited to a sentence or two, including the first one he was asked about his offense looking sloppy. "Yeah, in the…

The Buffalo Bills did not draft a quarterback. And they don't plan to add another one in free agency. After the Bills made their final draft choice tonight, GM Doug Whaley reiterated what he told me in March at the NFL owners meetings. The Bills are set at quarterback. "Never say never," Whaley said at tonight's draft wrapup news conference. "You never know what's goin…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills are all set at quarterback, thank you. General Manager Doug Whaley knows the Bills need to get better at the position, and he knows many fans want the Bills to sign an experienced veteran to mentor and perhaps challenge EJ Manuel. Whaley, however, suggested everybody should get used to how the depth chart looks now. This is how the Bil…

The Buffalo Bills reportedly have released Kevin Kolb, the veteran quarterback with concussion issues. ESPN analyst Adam Caplan tweeted the report as soon as the free-agency period opened at 4 p.m. (Update: Bills General Manager Doug Whaley confirmed the move about an hour later, saying Kolb failed a physical.) Kolb's departure was expected. He was due to make $3.1 milli…

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills have personnel issues all over the place, but they don't believe EJ Manuel is one of them. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said today he will consider every position except quarterback with the ninth overall draft pick. "With the way our roster's set up right now, besides quarterback, we could go with any position," Whaley said. "We wa…

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills have placed an unmistakable emphasis on preparing EJ Manuel for 2014 better than they did last year. A major part of that, though, depends on Manuel staying off the trainer's table. "He played last year and really didn't practice that much," Bills coach Doug Marrone said this morning at the NFL scouting combine. "If you think about all t…