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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/26

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Bills-Jaguars preseason game to be blacked out -
"WKBW-Channel 7 in Buffalo will air the game on Sunday, August 28th at 8:00 p.m., WTVH-Channel 5 in Syracuse will air the game on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., WHAM-Channel 13 in Rochester will air the game on Sunday at 7:00 p.m., and WBNG-Channel 12 in Binghamton, is outside of the blackout area and will show the game live."

Can Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson do it on his own? - Fantasy Football - ESPN
"In the end, perhaps it's best for us owners that nobody believes in Steve Johnson. That kind of thought is contagious, and if opposing defenses start thinking the same way, then they won't bother to put too much stress into the game plan to key on him. And if teams aren't going to treat games against the Buffalo Bills "so serious," then another 80-catch, 1,000-yard season for Johnson is likely."

Bills' Dareus, Merriman feeling better - The Buffalo News
"Marcell Dareus walking without crutches and Shawn Merriman participating in practice were welcome sights for the Buffalo Bills."

Dareus and Merriman questionable for Saturday -
"Merriman practiced fully on Thursday after missing the previous two days of practice. But coming off the field after practice, the pass rushing linebacker felt spry."

Marcell Dareus Updates His Injury Situation -
"The Bills defensive end talks about his injury from Wednesday's practice, how it happened, and if he thinks he'll play on Saturday. "

Chan Gailey on Merriman, Dareus, and Torbor -
"The Bills head coach updates the injury situation for Shawne Merriman and Marcell Dareus, the loss of Reggie Torbor for the season, and a new injury to Ed Wang."

Shawne Merriman Thursday Press Conference -
"The Bills linebacker talks about the new turf, how he's feeling, if he'll play on Saturday, and getting ready for the season opener."

Inside The Bills | Merriman recruited Morrison?
Apparently Shawne Merriman has been recruiting Morrison to the Bills for over a week.

Inside The Bills | WR Martin’s adjustment
Ruvell Martin talks about his adjustment and learning just one position.

Inside The Bills | Dareus, Wang not practicing
Dareus and Wang are the newcomers but here is the list of non-participants.

Inside The Bills | CB Cook released
"The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has reached an injury settlement with DB Domonic Cook and released him from Injured Reserve. Cook was placed on Injured Reserve on August 5th."

Torbor goes on IR; Cook is cut loose - The Buffalo News
"The Bills on Thursday placed linebacker Reggie Torbor on injured reserve, ending the season for the eight-year veteran, and reached an injury settlement with cornerback Domonic Cook, the St. Joe's and University at Buffalo product. Coach Chan Gailey said that Torbor, who was preparing for his second season with the Bills, suffered a shoulder injury."

Williams agent 'optimistic' about a new contract - The Buffalo News
"They’re a first class organization but we’re not done yet,’’ Elias said. "He’s excited that they’re coming to him two years early and he wants to remain a Bill for the rest of his career and that’s what he’s kind of got me trying to get done.’’

Stanley or Vince? - The Buffalo News
"Here's the ultimate litmus test for determining whether Buffalo is a hockey town or a football town."

Bills Torbor's Season Ends. Darius Update - WGR 550
"Reggie Torbor spent a few days seeing doctors trying to see if his shoulder would respond to treatment. As much as they tried it didn't so Torbor's season is over." Oh, and nice spelling there, WGR.

Baltimore Ravens mean business, do the Buffalo Bills? | Democrat and Chronicle
"Wouldn't Buffalo's starting lineup Sept. 11 at Kansas City look much better with McKinnie at OLT and Oher at ORT? The Ravens are going all out to win Super Bowl XLVI. I don't have a clue as to what the Buffalo Bills are doing."

Bills great speaks at Harvest Chapel - Dunkirk | The Observer
"Many consider former Buffalo Bill Steve Tasker the greatest special teams player in National Football League history. On Thursday, Tasker was at Harvest Chapel West in Brocton, not to speak of his fine NFL career, but to speak about the five languages of love based on a best selling book by Gary Chapman. Tasker and his wife, Sarah, have given the presentation to dating couples, teachers and workers."

Local Notes: Bills already sending out a few bad vibes - Olean Times Herald
Chuck Pollack goes over the Lee Evans trade and the Fred Jackson outburtst.