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Lions top Bills in preseason finale -
"I thought we did some decent things. It was good to get some people back out there like Merriman," said head coach Chan Gailey. "It was good to see (Kirk) Morrison and (Kelvin) Sheppard play a bunch in the ball game. It was good to get some things done special teams-wise that we needed to work on. There were a lot of positives."

Bills need Merriman for longer than a cameo - The Buffalo News
"Well, at least I got to see Shawne Merriman. The Bills' veteran outside linebacker hadn't played since his stunning performance against the Bears in the preseason opener, when he had two sacks in nine plays. Merriman didn't record a sack in his seven-play cameo, but once again he made you sit up and notice."

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference -

"The Bills head coach talks about the 16-6 loss to Detroit in the preseason finale on Thursday night."

Bills Roundup: Final Test Ends in Loss to Detroit -
"The Bills ended the 2011 preseason with a loss to Detroit, but the game featured another strong performance from Shawne Merriman, and other young linebackers made roster decisions difficult for the coaching staff."

Inside The Bills | Gailey on Fred not playing
"In all likelihood the coaching staff felt that with the starters getting very limited work in the final preseason game that C.J. Spiller would benefit more from the extra work than Fred Jackson, who has far more experience. It also ensures that Jackson is healthy for the regular season opener at Kansas City."

Inside The Bills | Shep good with debut
"I felt pretty good," he said. "You can always improve, but with it being my first game I felt pretty good."

Bills fall in flat finale against Lions, 16-6 - The Buffalo News
"Here's the main thing you need to know in the wake of the Buffalo Bills' exhibition finale Thursday night: All of the Bills' starters are healthy for the regular-season opener at Kansas City in nine days."

OL depth remains concern - The Buffalo News
"The Bills' exhibition finale against Detroit Thursday didn't do much to ease concerns about offensive line depth. Detroit’s backup defensive front controlled the line of scrimmage, and second-string Bills quarterback Tyler Thigpen was sacked five times."

Gailey on cutdowns, Thigpen - The Buffalo News
"It was a mess, to be honest with you," Gailey said of the offense overall. "I thought Fitz made good decisions. C.J. ran the ball good the time he got a crease in there. Stevie dropped a pass. That’s not gonna happen a ton. I think we had a chance to take that one in and score if we catch the pass. We need for Tyler to play better. We do. We gotta keep working on those things."

Coleman states his case to make Bills - The Buffalo News
"Antonio Coleman figures he'll have to spend most of his career on the NFL bubble so he might as well get used to it. Coleman spent his 25th birthday Thursday giving the Buffalo Bills reasons to keep him. He finished with a game-high four tackles for a loss in a 16-6 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium."

Hairston tackles the left side of O-line - The Buffalo News
"For a guy that is not a starter, you have to be able to play both positions in this league," Hairston said. "They are not going to keep a whole lot of linemen so most teams have to have a swing tackle and hopefully I can fulfill that role."

Struggling Buffalo Bills lose to Detroit Lions in final preseason game | Democrat and Chronicle
"The idea is supposed to be for on-the-bubble players to earn roster spots in the fourth and final preseason game. The way most of the Buffalo Bills played Thursday night in their 16-6 loss to the Detroit Lions, it's likely that more players lost potential jobs, allowing others to win positions by default."

Video: Lions 16, Bills 6 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Lions beat the Bills 16-6 in the preseason finale for both teams."

HAMILTON: So Now The Bills Wait - WGR 550
"There's no more any of the Bills can do to be out on the practice field in Orchard Park on Saturday. The players have had four preseason games and six weeks of training camp to show the coaches they belong and now 27 players must be let go with some, coming back to be on the practice squad. "

Bills Lose To Lions 16-6 - WGR 550
"Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 2 of his 6 passes for under a yard, but those stats are slightly deceiving, as Fitzpatrick was victim of two drops by Steve Johnson on a long pass and Marcus Easley on a short screen. C.J. Spiller started the game and received only 2 carries for 29 yards. The Bills' defense did not allow the Lions' starters to score any points."

Bills take long look at Hairston at left tackle - Niagara Gazette
"The Lions defense spent plenty of time in the Bills’ backfield, especially wreaking havoc on backup Tyler Thigpen. Despite a rather lackluster performance as a group, fourth-round pick Chris Hairston made a decent debut at left tackle."

Bills Postgame Quotes | WKBW News 7
"Below are postgame quotes following the Bills 16-6 loss to the Detroit Lions:"

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Previewing the Buffalo Bills - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"All five panelists asked to pick the AFC East have the Bills finishing fourth. Here's my intelligence report on Buffalo: Five things you need to know about the 2011 Buffalo Bills."

Flutie acknowledges playing through concussions, hopes kids won't -
"I intentionally blew off the testing so I could get back on the field," Flutie said. "I was really playing with fire."

Bills Fans Still Split Over Changes at the Ralph |
"The Bills and the Erie County Sheriff's Department put in place changes meant to get fans in and out of the parking lots faster, while also improving pedestrian safety. But fans are still split."

Pain over parking lot rules at Ralph |
Kathy Brooks said, "If you want to save a spot next to your friend, you should be able to do that. They might lose a lot of people coming because of it."