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Buffalo Bills news, 11/26: Bills back from bye; Bon Jovi buying?

The Buffalo Bills are back from their bye week. It was the first chance to comment on Bon Jovi possibly buying the team.

Tim Whitby

Inside The Bills | Marrone had long talk with Stevie

“I had a long talk with Stevie about the challenges coming in, with a young quarterback and then the injuries and the different quarterbacks,” said Marrone. ”When EJ was healthy, Stevie wasn’t. When Stevie was healthy, EJ wasn’t. You play with different quarterbacks and it’s very difficult. I told Stevie, I said people are going to look at the end of the day and say this is down, this is down, this is down, and they’re really not going to look at the whole situation.

Back to work

Revitalizing ground game critical for stretch run -
"Buffalo’s run game has ranked in the top 10 all season long, but in four of their last five games the production has not eclipsed the 100-yard mark. The only outing in that stretch that did was their 241-yard outburst against Kansas City."

Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods return to practice -
Jonathan Meeks, Stevie Johnson, and Robert Woods all returned to practice yesterday following the bye.

Monday Press Conferences

Doug Marrone: "We’re at full strength"
Stevie Johnson: "the Bills have to get the win"
Robert Woods "back in the swing of things"
Jairus Byrd "open-minded" to re-signing with Bills

Inside The Bills | Big play breakdown
See who is making big plays in the passing game.

Bills notebook: Johnson, Woods ready to face Falcons - Sports - The Buffalo News
“They did everything, so I was happy with those two guys, the way they came out,” Marrone said. “We’re at full strength from that standpoint. We don’t expect anyone not to be available for us, which is a good sign.”

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Meeks Starts Practicing, Could Return Week 15
"We're excited that we've got him back now. He was a good, young player and did some good things for us," head coach Doug Marrone said. "We're gonna see how he develops and then we'll make a decision when that time comes.That'll be a decision that I'll talk to Doug Whaley about, and we'll do what's best for our roster."

Jairus Byrd 'open-minded' about returning - ESPN
"Of course. Absolutely. Open-minded? Definitely," he told the radio show. "I'm not going to close my mind on anything. I'm open to whatever might come. I'm leaving that to my agent and those guys. I'm out of it."

Bon Jovi,Toronto, and the Bills

Publicist Refutes Bon Jovi's Pursuit of Bills - ABC News
"The Bills are not for sale, and he has too much respect for Mr. Wilson to engage in any discussions of buying the team," Ken Sunshine said, referring to Ralph Wilson, the team's Hall of Fame owner.

Wheels (quietly) in motion to move Buffalo Bills to Toronto | National Post
"It is still just a plan, and plans can go wrong. But the plan is that the Bills, as they have done under Wilson with their lukewarm Bills in Toronto series, would follow the money. Buffalo is a deserving market, and loves its team. But it’s hard to imagine it staying in a market that small, in a stadium that modest. This is a hyper-capitalist league, and the hyper-capitalists are circling, a little too loudly, hoping not to get burned."

Everything you need to know about Toronto, Jon Bon Jovi and the Buffalo Bills | National Post
Sean Fitz-gerald breaks down the concept from a multitude of different perspectives, analyzing what it would mean to each of the key players.

Bringing Bills to Toronto is easier said than done | Football | Sports | Toronto Sun
"The NFL will also demand a stadium built, which MLSE quietly says it will do — likely with the help or public money. Years ago, Paul Godfrey told me he could finance a new stadium with licensing fees from season tickets."

Wynne open to moving Buffalo Bills to Toronto | Ontario | News | Toronto Sun
“So I’m a big fan of sports infrastructure — not making a commitment — but I am a big fan of that kind of event that leads to a legacy,” Wynne said. Wynne is the Premier (think Governor) of the province of Ontario.

Doug Marrone: 'I'm not a groupie' for Bon Jovi - ESPN
"C'mon, now! I'm from the Bronx. I didn't grow up with special privileges. I really don't [know him]," Marrone said. "I'm just a football coach. I'm not a groupie!"

Bon Jovi report a hot topic among the Bills - Sports - The Buffalo News
"In its 2009 “Ones to Watch” list, Forbes estimated Bon Jovi to have a net worth of $290 million. The same magazine estimates the Bills’ worth at $870 million, although the team could go for more on the open market."

Bon Jovi pursuing the Bills: As big as '80s hair or just a tease? - Bills Blitz
"That's out there," Bills center Eric Wood said. "Of all the theories ... If Jim Kelly was going to buy the team or whoever, Bon Jovi probably is the most out there. But those rock stars accumulate a ton of money. Who knows? If he's big enough of a football fan, I'm sure he can assemble the money."