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TORONTO - AUGUST 19:  Naaman Roosevelt #18 of the Buffalo Bills avoids the takle of Gijon Robinson #47 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: Naaman Roosevelt #18 of the Buffalo Bills avoids the takle of Gijon Robinson #47 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.

Stupar about to become success story -
"It’s not easy for an undrafted free agent to stick on a 53-man NFL roster. Normally they lack the eye-popping measurables of draft choices, and often since the team’s investment in them financially is small they’re expendable. Those that manage to get themselves noticed on the practice field, however, do get the chance to hang around long enough to convince coaching staffs that they belong at the NFL level. Bills tight end Jonathan Stupar is one of those players."

Practice Notes - Day 17 -
"After a steady rain forced the team to practice at half speed indoors in the St. John Fisher gymnasium for their closed practice Sunday morning, rain was intermittent for their final night practice of camp, but the team got a heavy dose of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work in."

The billboard: Daily dose from Bills' training camp - The Buffalo News
Allen Wilson talks to Steve Johnson about his rap career and recaps yesterday's practices.

Bills' DBs out to put T.O. on ice - The Buffalo News
"With the Bills hosting Cincinnati on Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, cornerback Drayton Florence and safety Donte Whitner used their Twitter accounts to communicate with Bengals wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco."

Season over for Batten and Easley -
"They were both going to miss a significant part of (the season)," said Gailey. "We just couldn't see time-wise that it was going to benefit them to try to make it back this year."

Bills Roundup: Easley and Batten Head to IR (2:49) -
"The Bills lose two of their 2010 draft picks for the season, plus a tight end injury update, and the highlights from the final night practice of training camp."

Chan Gailey Sunday Night Update (4:57) -
"The Bills head coach talks about the decision to place Marcus Easley and Danny Batten on IR, as well as the final night practice of training camp at St. John Fisher."

WR Nelson still not 100 pct. – Inside The Bills
"It was good to have him back on the field. He was not 100-percent," said Gailey. "He’s fighting through it and he did OK out there. He’ll be better tomorrow hopefully."

Byrd resting up – Inside The Bills
"Gailey indicated that Byrd is just resting up, which is why he hasn’t been a spectator at practice."

Another TE dinged – Inside The Bills
"TE Michael Matthews left after sustaining an undisclosed injury during one-on-one pass rush drills. He walked to the locker room under his own power."

Hall of Famer at practice – Inside The Bills
"Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is in attendance at training camp tonight."

Whitner having fun with T.O. and Ocho – Inside The Bills
"I wouldn’t call it trash talking. Whitner is keeping it cordial, but it’s obvious that Whitner and Buffalo’s secondary is eager to face the self-proclaimed Batman and Robin duo. Especially after what he said when asked about the upcoming game after practice this morning."

Tight ends help – Inside The Bills
"With only Jonathan Stupar and Michael Matthews practicing for now, the coaching staff had fullbacks Rodney Ferguson and Corey McIntyre working on some blocking drills with the two tight ends."

Practice under lights fires up Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"Every time we practice under the lights, it just reminds you of high school," Bills inside linebacker Kawika Mitchell said after the team's final night practice of training camp Sunday. "It adds a little bit more fun. It's always good to have the fans out here cheering loud. It's a good time and it takes the edge off a little bit."

Rookies Batten And Easley Put On Injured Reserve; Another TE Injured - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Steve Tripi's quick recap.

Bills secondary rejuvenated - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"No, I think the truth lies with what you were seeing" against the Colts, he replied. "The thing about that [Washington] game is we didn't really play a lot of coverages, especially in the secondary. We have a lot of things that we have there. I think we have about 60 or 70 different things as far as blitzes or coverages or ways to take away routes that hurt us in the past, just a lot of ways to attack quarterbacks. We feel like we're going to be able to do that. We’re going to be able to affect a lot of quarterbacks."

Stupar Gets His Big Chance |
"He wears #88. He has been on the team since last year. Right now, he is the Bills starting tight end. But only die-hard Buffalo football know very much about Jonathan Stupar. That should change in the next few weeks as Stupar settles into the Bills offense." | Buffalo, NY | Take 2: How Competitive will Bills be under Gailey
"Chan Gailey takes over as head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle joins the 2-On-Your-Side sports team to discuss what kind of impact Gailey will have on the team and how soon."

Brohm’s Playing Against a Stacked Deck : Buffalo Sports Daily
Patrick Moran thinks Brian Brohm should get a longer look at QB.

Bills Camp Report: Coleman Continues to Impress : Buffalo Sports Daily
Michael Thomas was at Bills training camp on Saturday and filed this report.

Spiller May Help Right a Decade of Wrongs |
Years of mistakes in the draft may be over thanks to CJ Spiller says jurr_80.

Investment in Spiller questioned - The Buffalo News
"An article in the Aug. 23 issue of Sports Illustrated hinted at the folly in overspending on a running back, as the Bills did in giving Spiller almost $21 million guaranteed as part of a five-year, $25 million deal that can escalate to $37.5 million."

Buffalo Bills Running Back C.J. Spiller: No Line; That's Fine | Bleacher Report
Danny Flynn thinks CJ Spiller could be the rookie of the year.

Buffalo Bills Showing Signs of Improvement | Bleacher Report
Jeremy Pike analyzes where the Bills are now vs. a week ago.

Buffalo Bills can shock the skeptics | Democrat and Chronicle
"The Buffalo Bills are a unanimous pick to finish last in the AFC East in this survey, but not without some encouraging words."

Sports, Ink - Blogs - The Buffalo News
All-Pro cornerback Robert James suffered a terrible knee injury on this date in 1975 effectively ending his career.

Checking in on the rest of the East - Extra Points -
"Finally, the Bills showed well against the mighty Colts Thursday in Toronto, scoring a 34-21 win. Chan Gailey, a pretty unpopular hire seven months ago, seems to be gaining traction in Buffalo. Also, the club's patchwork offensive line seems to be doing OK. And if you don't know about C.J. Spiller yet, know this: It looks like Buddy Nix and Co. knew what they were doing when they drafted him ninth overall."

Joe from NYC Blog: Your 2010 Buffalo Bills Preview: Linebacker edition
Joe doesn't like the outside linebacker corps.