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Buffalo News Apr 23, 2014

Bills coach Doug Marrone has cancerous mole removed from skin

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed late Tuesday he had a cancerous mole removed from his skin recently. The announcement cleared up confusion over his health that had spiked Tuesday evening due to an incomplete report on the team’s website.Marrone’s statement, released by the team: “During a recent doctor’s visit, it was discovered that I had a cancerous mole on my skin, which has since been removed. The only follow-up required is to have my moles checked every three months, and that basically is the end of the story. The recent extraction procedure will have no effect on my...
Buffalo News Apr 22, 2014

Foligno faces higher expectations

Marcus Foligno, probably more than anyone else on the Sabres, learned that Ted Nolan uses ice time as a reward and punishment. During the final week alone, Foligno bounced from the first line to the fourth to the second and back to the first.The coach had his reasons.“We expect big things from Marcus, so the expectations are going to be a little higher,” Nolan said. “We’ve got to push him.”While the yo-yo treatment could be considered a valuable lesson on its own, Nolan and former assistant coach Joe Sacco supplemented it with lengthy chats. Buffalo hopes Foligno takes advantage of...
Buffalo News Apr 22, 2014

No off button to EJ’s offseason

Offseason? What offseason? That has been EJ Manuel’s approach to the start of his second year as quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, he said Tuesday.“As far as football, I really didn’t take a true offseason, necessarily, as far as straight-up taking time off,” Manuel said during the team’s opening day of organized offseason conditioning workouts at One Bills Drive. “I might have took just one week after I left Buffalo to hang out with my family. Then after that I was pretty much getting myself back healthy and getting smarter in the film room.”Manuel conducted his own on-field...
Buffalo News Apr 22, 2014

Marrone pumped as players begin workouts

Preparations for the 2014 season began in earnest Tuesday for the Buffalo Bills as the team began Phase One of its voluntary, nine-week offseason workout program.“We’re extremely excited as coaches and as an organization when the players start coming back in this building,” coach Doug Marrone said. “Even though you’re limited to doing a lot of things and we know it’s voluntary, it’s great to see the players back – knowing that we do have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Coming off a disappointing season last year, we look forward to that hard work.”Marrone said the percentage...

Manuel’s Confidence High: JMS Recap 4/22

      Offseason workouts have begun at One Bills Drive. Plenty of players were on hand including quarterback EJ Manuel. Manuel is entering his second season with the team and has now experienced a full NFL offseason. During that time he rehabbed his knee and worked with QB trainer Steve Calhoun on improving his […]
Times-Picayune Apr 22, 2014
Lawsuit by Buffalo Bills ex-cheerleaders alleges Jills are underpaid, subject to 'jiggle test'

Lawsuit by Buffalo Bills ex-cheerleaders alleges Jills are underpaid, subject to 'jiggle test'

The time and expense, as well as rules governing their personal lives, far exceeded what they signed on for, the women said.

Top 30 prospects invited to NFL draft

A record 30 top prospects are confirmed to attend the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the NFL announced today. Those prospects, who are expected to be selected on Thursday or Friday night, include four quarterbacks – Blake Bortles (Central Florida), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) and Johnny […]
Buffalo News Apr 22, 2014

Five former Buffalo Jills sue team over low pay

Five former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders today sued the Buffalo Bills, alleging the team has exploited them by failing to pay them in accordance with New York State’s minimum wage laws.The suit filed in State Supreme Court in Buffalo also names as defendants Stejon Productions Corp., which currently manages the Jills, and Citadel Communications Co. (97 Rock), the Jills’ former manager.It alleges the defendants violated numerous provisions of state labor law by failing to pay them the mandatory minimum wage of $8 an hour for their extensive work on game day and at various community events...

Banks mock goes TE for Bills

SI.com’s Don Banks has his latest mock draft up and he’s gone tight end for Buffalo at ninth overall. Not surprisingly its UNC TE Eric Ebron, who also made a pre-draft visit to Buffalo. Here was Banks assessment. 9. Buffalo — Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina As much sense as Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan […]

BDC 4/22: Bills Begin Voluntary Offseason Program

DAILY REPORT – The Bills began their voluntary offseason conditioning program this morning. – The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank’s “Predict the Picks” contest,a 2014 NFL Draft contest that will reward one fan with an exclusive meet and greet with the Bills first pick is currently ongoing. Fans can enter the contest at buffalobills.com/predictthepicks, where they […]
Buffalo News Apr 21, 2014

Option backs

(This is the third of an eight-part series previewing the NFL Draft on May 8-10. Today’s installment: Running backs.)The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last season was only the fourth running back taken in the draft and lasted to the 61st overall pick.Eddie Lacy rushed for 1,178 yards for the Green Bay Packers last season, becoming the latest example of how great value at the running back position need not be found in the first round.For a second straight year, there probably will not be any running backs drafted in the first round of the draft. Last year was the first time a back...
Buffalo News Apr 21, 2014

Conacher looks to rediscover scoring touch, help rebuilding Sabres

Cory Conacher had it made at the start of his career. Surrounded by All-Stars Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa Bay, Conacher was a point-producing machine.That seems a lot longer than 14 months ago. The Buffalo forward is now on his third NHL team. The offense that made him a rookie revelation and minor-league MVP has disappeared.Conacher wants to be a difference maker with the Sabres as they rebuild, but to do so he’ll have to rediscover his scoring touch and refine his competitiveness.“I want to be with this team longer than I’ve been with Tampa and...
Buffalo News Apr 21, 2014

Bills settle text-message lawsuit for $3 million

The Buffalo Bills have agreed to pay up to $3 million – largely in the form of debit cards redeemable only at the team store – to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the team of sending too many alerts to fans who signed up for a text-messaging service.Jerry Wojcik, a Bills fan and area native now living in Florida, contended in his October 2012 suit that the team violated the terms of its text service by sending him 13 messages over two weeks when it promised to send no more than five per week.The lawsuit was panned as frivolous by some sports fans, media commentators and legal...

Doug Flutie runs the Boston Marathon

Former Bills QB Doug Flutie might be a few years past his days as a professional athlete, but he isn’t done competing. Flutie ran the Boston Marathon today in 5:04:02. The winner of the Heisman Trophy while at Boston College, Flutie says he is a die-hard Red Sox fan and raised his family outside of […]
Baltimore Sun Apr 21, 2014

Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller visiting Bills

Mount St. Joseph graduate is a projected first-round draft pickVirginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller continued his extensive tour of the NFL, meeting Monday with the Buffalo Bills.

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