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TORONTO - AUGUST 19:  Brian Brohm #4 of the Buffalo Bills passes over John Chick #97 of the Indianapolis Colts during game action August 19 2010 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Ontario Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
TORONTO - AUGUST 19: Brian Brohm #4 of the Buffalo Bills passes over John Chick #97 of the Indianapolis Colts during game action August 19 2010 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Ontario Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

O-line has all hands on deck -
"While it was the second game this preseason for guard Andy Levitre and center Geoff Hangartner, Wood, Bell, and tackle Cornell Green all saw their first full speed action of the summer. Green returned to the lineup after sitting out with a knee injury suffered in training camp almost a week ago."

Fan Friday 8-20 – Inside The Bills
"On the heels of the preseason win over the Colts wanted to get to some of your most recent questions as well as some I’ve been meaning to get to." Answers on Marcus Stroud at DE, the QB battle, Shawn Nelson not playing in Toronto, the timetable for Chan Gailey tailoring an offense to his personnel, and free agency or trades moving forward.

Podcast: AFC East preview - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson and [Tim Graham] spent about 15 minutes previewing the AFC East on Friday morning's podcast, with special emphasis on what we saw from the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills the night before. We also give our predictions for the final division standings."

Projecting The Bills 53 Man Roster : Buffalo Sports Daily
Ryan Fitzpatrick, James Hardy, Keith Ellison, Danny Batten, Arthur Moats, and Antonio Coleman get cut while Joique Bell, Naaman Roosevelt, Kyle Calloway, Cordaro Howard, John McCargo make it.

More Bills-Colts
Brohm makes plays in debut -

"It was his first opportunity this preseason to prove himself a capable NFL starter for the Buffalo Bills in their open quarterback competition. After watching the entire preseason opener in Washington last week, Thursday night was Brian Brohm's chance to turn heads."

McGee feared the worst – Inside The Bills
"Yes, I definitely was (worried)," said McGee. "At one point when I was running I saw QB Peyton [Manning] coming and I said ‘Oh my God, what if Peyton caught me,’ (laughing) but the guys were able to block him off and block everybody else off."

The QB battle continues - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan looks at Brian Brohm's performance from Thursday night calling it "a step forward."

Bills defenders settling in – Inside The Bills
"A lot more comfortable," said Stroud of how he felt in the 3-4 Thursday night. "Last week, I was like a fish out of water, so to speak. This week, I was a little more comfortable in what I was doing, I had more confidence in my play and it showed, it showed up on the tape."

8/19 Brian Brohm Transcript - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Brohm's postgame transcript

8/19 Chan Gailey Transcript - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Gailey's postgame transcript.

8/19 Trent Edwards Transcript After Colts Game - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Edwards post game transcript.

Buffalo Bills Report Card - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
"Staff writer Bryan Sullivan grades the Buffalo Bills' performance Thursday night in their preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts, 34-21." The Tight Ends got a "D" while everything else was a "B" or "A".

Gailey's Bills beginning to show progress - Hornell, NY - Hornell Evening Tribune
"If you asked a sheltered Toronto citizen getting his first glimpse of the NFL last night to identify the team with perhaps the highest powered offense in the league over the last decade, you’d have to forgive the Canuck for choosing the Bills over Peyton Manning’s Colts."

Colts-Bills one-liners |
A bunch of links recapping the game Thursday.

Report: Only 20,000 at Colts-Bills game in Toronto |
"If the trend isn't reversed, the apparent plan to keep the Bills viable in Buffalo by playing some of the games before a packed house in Toronto could have to be scuttled -- which would put the Bills right back in the mix of teams that may move to Los Angeles."

Bills-Colts Film Review |
"The Bills looked like a competent NFL team in week 2 of the preseason. They proved one thing to us in this victory- if they have a tough year, at least they'll be a much more entertaining product than anything the Jauron era provided."

Colts-Bills postgame thoughts | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel recaps the Bills win over the COlts.

With 'unbelievable' TD run, C.J. Spiller shines for Buffalo Bills - The Huddle:
"If Thursday night's game was an interview for thousands of fantasy football teams, then Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller nailed it."

LovinBlue's Impressions of the Colts-Bills Game - Stampede Blue
One of the Stampede Blue writers posted thoughts on the game.

Bills Top Colts In Preseason, 34-21 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Highlights from the game via ESPN. CJ SPiller's TD run is the only thing shown despite Trent Edwards throwing a 70 yard bomb.

Joe from NYC Blog: My Bills vs Colts recap and some audio
Joe's thoughts.

Shawn Nelson's suspension
TE Nelson suspended for first four games -

"Nelson’s suspension begins on Saturday, Sept. 4. He will be eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster on Monday, October 4 following the team’s Oct. 3 game against the New York Jets. Nelson is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games."

Bills notebook: Nelson receives four-game suspension - The Buffalo News
"Nelson was scheduled to make $395,000 in salary this season. The suspension will cost him $92,941." Also, Chan Gailey discusses why he left Aaron Maybin in late in the game Thursday.

Nelson's impact on offense - BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
"How much does Nelson's suspension hurt the offense to start the season? It takes away an option. The Bills have two or three other "big receiver" options they can use in the slot instead of Nelson. Those would be James Hardy, David Nelson and Chad Jackson."

NFL suspends Bills tight end Shawn Nelson |
"The NFL suspended Nelson four games for violating the league's policy against Substance Abuse. This is a rare case where the confidentiality of the program worked; there hasn't been a hint of trouble publicly in Nelson's brief career."

Other Bills links
Rocky Start: Sports, Ink - Blogs - The Buffalo News

Joe Namath suited up against the Bills for the first time in a preseason game 45 years ago today.

A different look at 2009 running back performance " blog " Blog Archive
PFR breaks down each running back's performance against the Bills last year weighting the results.

Safeties poised for big takeaway season -
"Based on the majority of training camp practices thus far, the secondary has been up to the task, disrupting their share of drives with interceptions, forced fumbles, and fumble recoveries. Defensive leaders like Whitner, who have seen the ups and downs of the franchise in recent years, are extremely optimistic entering the new season."