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Bills release Schobel -
"The nine-year relationship between the Bills and Aaron Schobel has officially come to an end. That plan changed on Wednesday as the team outright released him."

Bills Roundup: Defense Shines Wednesday Night (3:34) -
"A solid defensive effort and some nice running plays highlight the top moments from the Wednesday night practice."

Practice Notes - Day 7 -
"For the first time in Bills training camp one side of the ball clearly outplayed the other as Buffalo’s defense completely thwarted the offense’s passing attack in Wednesday night’s practice. The lone bright spot for Buffalo’s offense Wednesday night was the steady success of the run game. "

Why trading Schobel was unrealistic – Inside The Bills
"Some Bills fans are not exactly thrilled with the fact that Aaron Schobel was released without any compensation. The truth of the matter is that finding a trade partner for Schobel was next to impossible." Chris Brown explains why.

Aaron Schobel Released
Twitter /Houston Chronicle's John McClain

The Texans are also interested in DE Aaron Schobel. He told the Chronicle Monday night the Texans are at the top of his list.

Texans to evaluate Schobel - Blogs - Houston Texans
"He’s a heck of a player obviously," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday afternoon. "I’ve followed him for a lot of years, being a local guy around town here. But we are going to do our homework on him like we do on every player. He’s a fine football player. We’ll do our homework, just like every other team, and see what happens."

Bills defensive end Schobel interested in Texans | - Houston Chronicle
"If I were a free agent and I could choose a team, it would be the Texans, without a doubt," Schobel, 32, said Monday from his home in Columbus.

Schobel to Pats "highly unlikely" – Inside The Bills
Adam Caplan of Fox Sports thinks it's "highly unlikely" that Aaron Schobel ends up in New England.

Schobel a perfect piece for Patriots defense - AFC East Blog - ESPN
ESPN's Mike Reiss says the Patriots should go after Schobel and Tim Graham lends his voice to explain how it could work.

Aaron Schobel will be getting his way |
"After insisting that Schobel would not be released, the Bills now reportedly plan to simply set him free. (For those of you who wonder why the team has been so mediocre-to-bad lately, we hope you're paying attention right now.)"

Aaron Schobel's release by the Buffalo Bills is an opportunity for the New England Patriots - ESPN Boston
"Schobel is just what the Patriots need, an immediate injection of pass-rushing explosion at a position filled with question marks, one that has been thinned by Derrick Burgess's unexpected decision to not show up for training camp."

Training Camp Reports
Chan Gailey Meets the Media (2:19) -

The Bills head coach talks with the media after practice last night.

Schefter teases Edwards – Inside The Bills
Adam Schefter referred to Trent Edwards as "Justin Bieber" yesterday.

Bills' Jackson trying to regain traction - The Buffalo News
"Chad Jackson isn't just fighting for a roster spot on the Bills, he's trying to salvage his NFL career. The wide receiver went from a highly touted second round draft pick in 2006 to unemployed in a span of three years."

Billboard: Daily dose from Bills camp - The Buffalo News
Allen Wilson updates Bills fans on new LB Donovan Woods who was a successful QB at Oklahoma State before switching sides, CJ Spiller, Ed Wang, the QB pecking order, and why the Bills canceled practice Wednesday morning. He also gives his take on last night's practice.

Wood's back and willing to speak up - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan profiles the Bills right guard saying, "If you're searching for reasons to be optimistic about the Bills' future, right guard is a good place to start."

Buffalo Bills 3-4 defense passing its initial test | Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana gives his play by play of practice as the Bills defense made a difference.

Bills camp: Wednesday, Aug. 4 | Rochester Buffalo Bills Photo Gallery | Democrat and Chronicle
Photos from last night's training camp practice including Trent Edwards running for his life.

Bills' D Dominates Wednesday - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia's excellent breakdown of Wednesday night's practice.

Gailey on Buffalo's chances: Why not us? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills head coach was a guest with Joe Rose, the former Miami Dolphins tight end and morning host on local sports station WQAM." Here's what he had to say.

Bills pass offense struggles in night practice |
"Edwards agreed it was not his best practice, but he vowed to keep working on getting better. News 4 Sports recorded Edwards getting 15 snaps in the team portion of practice. He completed just two of his six pass attempts." | Buffalo, NY | Defense Dominates Under the Lights
Adam Benigni recaps practice from St. John Fisher.

UB star Roosevelt enjoying his ride with Bills " Bills " Niagara Gazette
Jonah Bronstein profiles Bills WR Naaman Roosevelt.

C.J. Spiller out of sight, under spotlight - Buffalo Bills - ESPN
Adam Schefter thinks losing could help the Bills in the long run like it helped the Colts get Peyton Manning. "Losing might be difficult to get through this season. But it might be the best thing that could happen to this franchise for future seasons."

All signs say: Men at work - The Boston Globe
"I think you build a foundation, you set the groundwork for what your policies are and what you believe in, and you build on that,’’ Nix said. "If you take shortcuts and worry about a quick fix, I don’t think that’s the way you do it. With us, it’s been to establish what we believe in, a policy, and trying to do things right is the most important thing.’’

Bills' offense goes back to basics - John Clayton - ESPN
John Clayton has three key observations from camp: "Sometimes you wonder if Lee Evans will ever catch a break," "The one thing the Bills should be able to do is run the ball in the middle of the field," and "After failing to beat the 3-4 defenses in the AFC East, the Bills decided to join them by going to a 3-4."

Breer's training camp tour, Day 4: Bills - Extra Points -
Calling it "One of the NFL’s hidden gems of a training camp site", Boston Globe writer Albert Breer spent a day at Bills training camp.

Joe from NYC Blog: Random Thoughts
Joe gives his thought on Eric Wood and Aaron Maybin's tiff, the switch to the 3-4 defense, and Aaron Schobel's release.

Scott Pitoniak: Some quick observations from Bills training camp so far
Scott Pitoniak likes Chan Gailey and Torell Troup, thinks Aaron Maybin needs to gain weight or rush moves, thinks Roscoe Parrish is reborn, and wants CJ Spiller in camp.

Ticket availability for last three night practices -
'The Buffalo Bills announced today that tickets will be made available for the Verizon Wireless Training Camp August 11, 16 and 22 night practices." Check out the link for details.

Other Bills Links
The Daily News Online: News - Batavia business is helping the Bills make their mark

A Batavia business specializing in lasers cut the team logo into chair backs that are going into RWS suites.

New York’s NFL teams spread out - The Oneida Daily Dispatch Sports
"With Bills training camp in the Rochester area, the Jets in Cortland and the Giants in Albany, each team is spreading out in an effort to gain more support from upstate residents."

Turning Stone's parternship with Buffalo Bills brings NFL's former greats out to Atunyote |
Jim Kelly, Steve Tasker, Ruben Brown, and Scott Norwood all participated in the Turning Stone Pro-Am yesterday. "The Bills franchise is looking to regionalize its fan base,’’ Tasker, who is now a member of the Bills’ broadcast team, said. "Our training camp is in Rochester. We’ve had some games in Toronto. This is one more way they can expand their footprint.’’

Argos, CFL to work with, not against, NFL
"I don't feel an imminent threat of any sort [from the NFL] and we've got a lot of work to build our own franchise," he said. "The youth of today have a lot of competition for their interests, in terms of other sports and other forms of entertainment, and so the chance to build their interest to play and understand, or even just to view the game, is important to us."

Bills join forces with Argos - The Globe and Mail
"I can’t determine what will happen down the road in terms of what will happen with the NFL in Toronto. We’re just going to focus on building a strong CFL base in Toronto," said Bob Nicholson, president and chief executive officer of the Argos.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - CFL - Toronto: Argos don't fear NFL
"The Argonauts have no trouble getting into bed with the Buffalo Bills. Especially if it means raising the scope of football as a whole in the Greater Toronto Area."

Marv Levy to sign books in Henrietta | Democrat and Chronicle
Former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy will be at the Wegmans at 745 Calkins Road in Henrietta from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday (August 9th) to sign copies of his book Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in Buffalo Bills Football History.

Football week in Toronto coming up – Inside The Bills
"With the Bills preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts in Toronto fast approaching, the Bills along with NFL Canada, the Toronto Argonauts and the organizers of the Bills in Toronto Series are presenting Football Week in Toronto." For a full list of events, check out the link.

What’s Spiller hinting at? – Inside The Bills
It's CJ Spiller's birthday today and he said it was going to be "special". Chris Brown hopes that means he's gonna sign his contract. news: Coryell, Reed, Sharpe among those who should be in Hall
Andre Reed is one of Vic Carucci's five best holdovers from last year's vote not in the Hall. With Deion Sanders, Jerome Bettis, and Marshall Faulk all slated to join the conversation this year.

Fantasy Rookies in Context: Part I, Runners and Passers - The Fifth Down Blog -
C.J. Spiller is one of three rookie running backs profiled.