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Pictures from the Bills last practice at St. John Fisher
Pictures from Tuesday night's Bills practice at St. John Fisher
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by: Dan Moriarty (@moriartysports)
Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon wants to make one thing clear…the Buffalo Bills aren’t for sale. Brandon took to the radio Wednesday to squash rumors about the sale of the Bills and a potential move to Toronto.
According to ESPN's Mike Rodak, when asked whether the Bills were for sale on his radio show on WGR 550, Russ Brandon said: "No. Mr. Wilson is the owner of this franchise. We expect him to be the owner for many, many years."
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday that rocker Jon Bon Jovi was interested in buying the franchise. Bon Jovi’s publicist Ken Sunshine then spoke with the Associated Press on Monday denying the reports: "the Bills are not for sale, and [Bon Jovi] has too much respect for Mr. Wilson to engage in any discussions of buying the team. It's preposterous to say he's had any discussions with the Bills and Erie County."
Brandon said definitively Wednesday on WGR 550 that the Bills aren’t for sale and he doesn’t want to have to constantly deal with rumors regarding anyone that may be interested in buying the NFL franchise…
"I'll tell you this: Obviously it was a great way to start off my bye Sunday, when I heard the news of this and listening to all of the nonsense relative to it. If we had to discuss and speak to every single individual that would have interest in buying an NFL franchise, that's all you would talk about on your show… But obviously Mr. Wilson and his peers were part of building one of the most successful sports leagues in the world over 50 years ago, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that there is a great deal of interest in succeeding him when that time comes, and we don't expect that time to come any time soon."
Brandon also pointed out that any potential NFL owner has to go through a long approval process first…
"Anyone that is interested in buying an NFL franchise goes through the vetting process with the league. There's a lot of interest. I know the Bon Jovi thing piqued a lot of interest. But if next week a hedge fund broker from New York City wants to buy an NFL franchise, is that a big story as well? We're going to just keep chasing ghosts if every time someone wants to buy an NFL franchise, we get brought up and it's a part of this discussion."
Brandon also noted he believes with their regionalization plan the Bills can remain viable in a smaller market long term…
"We have to work hard. We keep our ticket prices low. We have a lot of volume in this building. That's part of the process in moving a game to Toronto and moving our training camp to Rochester. We have to be a regional engine to be viable moving forward. That's the hand we're dealt."
The Bills signed a new lease agreement last year that keeps them at Ralph Wilson Stadium until at least 2020 with a $400 million buyout.
(h/t to ESPN's Mike Rodak for the Russ Brandon quotes)
Former NFL GM Phil Savage now works for ESPN and talked about the Bon Jovi and Toronto rumors...
The Toronto Sun's John Kryk joined the John DiTullio Show Monday to talk about Sunday's game in Toronto and discuss the rumors surrounding Jon Bon Jovi's interest in buying the Bills.
Hear why Kryk says the franchise moving to Toronto would be a very difficult transition and why, as of right now, Bills fans should not be worried.
by: Dan Moriarty (@moriartysports)
The Bills were at full strength when they returned to practice Monday following their bye week. The team's top two wide outs, Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods were back practicing after both missing the game a week ago against the Jets. The expectation is that they'll be ready to play Sunday when the Bills take on the Atlanta Falcons up in Toronto.
Marrone: WRs Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods "looked good, looked fresh" in their work at practice.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 25, 2013
The only player to miss practice was running back Ronnie Wingo, who had not made it back to Buffalo in time for practice. Wingo had a flight issue and notified the team but head coach Doug Marrone said he would be fined for his absence.
The Bills have dealt with injuries much of the season but with 5 games remaining, they’re as healthy as they’ve been all year. Outside of DE Alex Carrington, who is out for the season, the Bills have been able to avoid many devastating long term injuries to key players. The return of Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods this week will give EJ Manuel and the offense it’s full complement of weapons.
Kyle Williams: "It's good to have everyone back healthy down the home stretch"— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 25, 2013
Despite being 4-7 on the season, the Bills are among 8 teams that are within one game of the final wildcard spot in the AFC. The Bills could be poised to go on a run and make things interesting with the way their schedule sets up the next few weeks.
Dec 1: Atlanta Falcons in Toronto (2-9 record)
Dec 8: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8 record)
Dec 15: at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9 record)
As cliché as it sounds, the Bills aren’t good enough to be looking ahead. They need to take one game at a time and based on what the players are saying it sounds like that’s exactly what they’re doing. Three wins the next three weeks gets the Bills back to .500 and all the talk in Western New York will be focused on that P word that has been absent from Buffalo in more than a decade.
Eric Wood: "We have four wins at this point. We go nowhere without beating Atlanta."— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 25, 2013
Following losses by the Jets and Dolphins and a poorly executed Patriots win, the playoff hopes for the Bills are still alive.
The Bills had the weekend off. Head coach Doung Marone told the BuffaloBills.com that the team has spent the bye week resting and getting healthy so they can make a final push.
Fourteen of the 16 teams in the AFC are in the race for the playoffs, including nine with losing records. The Bills sit in last place in the AFC East at 4-7; just behind the Dolphins and the Jets who are tied at 5-6. 4 other teams in the AFC have 5-6 records, two others share the Bills 4-7.
WEEK TWELVE - THIRTEEN PREDICTIONS
Everyone collectively picked the Bills to beat Atlanta next week
You can hear the "Bills Brothers" every Thursday from 3pm-4 on the "John DiTullio Show" on Sports 1280 WHTK. Here is the segment from this Thursday
Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is up for NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance in Buffalo's 37-14 victory over the Jets on Sunday. It's the third time he's been nominated this season. Manuel was voted Rookie of the Week back in Week 2 after his comback win against the Carolina Panthers.
This week he's up against fellow QBs Matt McGloin (Oakland) & Mike Glennon (Tampa Bay) as weel as RB Montee Ball (Denver), DE David Bass (Chicago).
Manuel was 20/28 for 245 yards and 2 TDs including career highs in completion percentage (71%), yards per attempt (8.75) and passer rating (121.9).
You can vote here...
Voting ends Friday at 3pm.
Lead Journalist at BuffaloBills.com Chris Brown joined the John DiTullio Show Monday to give his thoughts on Sunday's win over the Jets.
Hear what he believes are the positives to take away from yesterday's game.