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Bills-Colts game preview -
"The Bills will be anxious to put the performance in their preseason opener last week behind them with an improved outing against the Colts Thursday night in Toronto (Kickoff 7:30 pm). After a game in which there were big plays surrendered, pre-snap penalties and turnovers Buffalo’s head coach wants tighter execution."

5 Things To Watch During Bills-Colts - WGR 550 SportsRadio
The starting offensive line, Trent's drives, Brohm Watch, Poz & Kelsay's debuts, and the WR battle are the spotlighted items.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Columnists - Simmons: Corporate fumble by Rogers, Bills
"Almost from the beginning, before the announcement was made, before the late Ted Rogers and Ralph Wilson made asses of themselves with their greed, there were problems with the concept of the Buffalo Bills playing games in Toronto."

Canadian Coverage
Jury's still out on Buffalo Bills' Toronto experiment | Democrat and Chronicle

"What officials refer to as "teething pains" are put in a different light by critics. Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons last weekend called it "an unmitigated disaster" for Rogers Communications, which paid $78.5 million to host the series two years ago."

Griffin: Bills-Colts short on stars, long on fun -
Richard Griffin previews the Bills-Colts game in Toronto letting Canadian fans know what to expect.

Bills’ QB fights for his future - The Globe and Mail
"The Pressure mounts on Buffalo's Trent Edwards to save his starters' job."

Bills move up timetable on top pick - National Post
"The plan was to bring Spiller, the ninth-overall pick in this year's draft out of Clemson, along slowly. But when Jackson hurt his hand last week (he will be out four to six weeks) and Lynch hurt his ankle (he could make it back for the season opener), Spiller suddenly became the man in the backfield. After rushing four times last week against Washington, he will make his first start tonight."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - NFL News: Gotta hand it to Spiller
Mike Ganter looks at the rookie running back in anticipation of his first action up north saying, "If there is a reason to dig into your pocket book and shell out some cash for a Bills exhibition game, his name is C.J. Spiller."

Bills' series in Toronto not a hit north of border - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"The Bills Toronto Series gift store was nearly empty, and still had on sale Bills-Steelers shirts from Buffalo’s preseason game against Pittsburgh in Toronto two years ago. And there was hardly anyone in line at the downtown stadium ticket windows for the wide-ranging number of seats still available a day before the Bills "host" Indianapolis in a preseason game."

Five players to watch -

Chris Ellis, Chad Jackson, Donald Jones, Jonathan Stupar, and Donovan Woods are the highlighted players.

Bills Focus: Colts Preseason Preview (2:42) -
"Buffalo looks to bounce back against Indianapolis in a game where C.J. Spiller is expected to see a lot of work, and Brian Brohm is expected to make his preseason debut."

Kelsay expecting to play – Inside The Bills
"I’m expecting to play as much as they expect out of me," he said. "Health wise, I feel great. I’m in good shape. So, neither of those two issues are a concern for the team. [They’re more of a concern] for them. So, the rest of the guys, the guys that play a lot – the guys are playing for week one [of the regular season] – when they tell us enough is enough, that’s when we come off the field. Until then, I plan on playing as long as I can."

Brohm has to face the pressure – Inside The Bills
"I’m excited to be on the field. I’m excited to get out there with the first live action of the season for me. And I’m looking forward to it, Brohm said. "I’ve just got to go out there with the attitude that any opportunity I have I’ve got to make the most of it."

OT Green a likely game day decision – Inside The Bills
"Right tackle Cornell Green has participated in practice all week coming off a knee injury suffered in practice the week before, but head coach Chan Gailey wants to wait on making a final call on Green’s availability for Thursday night’s preseason game in Toronto."

Brohm must stay on target in Bills QB bid - The Buffalo News
"Brohm is scheduled to get the majority of the snaps as the No. 2 quarterback when the Bills face the Indianapolis Colts in the second exhibition game of the summer at the Rogers Centre. If Brohm has any chance to weaken Trent Edwards' hold on the starting job, he needs to have a good showing."

Gailey looking for Buffalo Bills to grow tonight | Democrat and Chronicle
"Of course we wanted to get off on a good note, but we didn't," Spiller said. "We've got to move forward. It's the next game and you can't keep dwelling on what happened last week. The only thing we can do is correct the mistakes and move forward. I think that's the mood of the team. We understand what it takes. We did a lot of things good Friday, but we just did a couple of things bad that cost us. I think we will get that corrected."

For Bills, nowhere to go but up - Finger Lakes Times Online - Sports
"The Buffalo Bills have a chance to simply get better tomorrow night in Toronto. That might be easier said than done against the Indianapolis Colts, last year’s Super Bowl runner-up. One thing seems certain: The Bills can only improve after their lukewarm showing against the Washington Redskins."

Edwards fits the mold - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
Bryan Sullivan profiles new defensive end Dwan Edwards.

Five Things Worth Your Focus For Bills Game : Buffalo Sports Daily
Brian Brohm, interior OL battle, 2010 debuts, John McCargo, and CJ Spiller's start are the five things to watch says Patrick Moran.

Jerraud Powers listed as OUT - Stampede Blue
"Colts corner Jerraud Powers is 'out' for tomorrow's preseason game in Toronto against the Buffalo Bills. Powers is experiencing soreness in the same foot he injured last year."

Twitter / Buffalo Rising
The Buffalo Bills are 3.5 point favorites tonight against the Indianapolis Colts.

Who spells Byrd? – Inside The Bills

"The safety that’s been running 2nd string in camp is George Wilson so logic would say he would slide into the starting role in Byrd’s absence. But last year when Byrd was out injured Donte Whitner was predominantly the free safety. It will be interesting to see what def. coordinator George Edwards course of action will be."

Byrd out indefinitely with groin injury -
"Buffalo Bills starting safety Jairus Byrd is out indefinitely and could miss the season opener after having surgery to repair a groin injury." The Associated Press also updates the rest of the Bills injuries.

Good news on WR Nelson – Inside The Bills
"It looks like the ankle injury suffered by rookie WR David Nelson is not as bad as initially feared. Head coach Chan Gailey stated that Nelson is unlikely to miss the rest of the preseason, which was the initial prognosis."

Byrd out indefinitely due to groin injury - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan previews the Bills-Colts matchup.

Byrd Out Indefinitely Following Groin Surgery - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"They had to do a procedure on Jairus and it looks like he's going to be out for awhile," Gailey said. "It was residual from the offseason stuff. We're hoping [he'll return for the] first game but it may be not." Gailey also noted that Byrd's groin has been bothering him during training camp and it grew worse after practice Monday night.

Bad news Bills lose another big player - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"For context on how rough training camp has been, here's a loosely comprised list of their top few players, not counting punter Brian Moorman or kicker Rian Lindell."

Other Bills Links news: Cassel heads crop of QBs who must perform this season

"Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills: He's banking on new coach Chan Gailey, an offensive guru, helping him improve dramatically."

Joe from NYC Blog: Fantasy football focus: Buffalo Bills
Joe provides his list of who to draft and avoid on the Buffalo Bills this fantasy season.

Journal " Jill Kelly
Jim Kelly's wife explains how Hunter's Hope was formed.

Tired of Brett Favre saga? Blame Jim Kelly - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly urged Favre to return to the Minnesota Vikings, noting the failure to win a Super Bowl in four consecutive appearances."