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Buffalo Bills news, 8/15: Kiko Alonso out, Kevin Kolb in on Friday

Buffalo's starting inside linebacker won't play Friday as a precaution, but Kevin Kolb will get his crack with the first team at quarterback. That and more from Wednesday night's practice in today's links.

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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.

What factored into Kiko sitting out -

"Marrone said Alonso did have a minor shoulder injury, but that the doctors cleared him."

Day 14: Defense gets better of offense in night practice - The Buffalo News

"Marquise Goodwin did not catch a long bomb and the offense ran into some protection problems during Wednesday night's practice before a sold-out crowd of more than 5,000 at St. John Fisher College."

Practice Notes, Aug. 14th -
"The defense looked downright ferocious at times as defensive coordinator was using a myriad of blitz packages, which led to sacks and interceptions Wednesday night."

Bills Camp: Day 14 Practice Notes - WGR 550
Arthur Moats was the MVP and Jeff Tuel was the LVP at practice on Wednesday.

'Joe Cool Tuel' looks to add to his game -
"He just goes out there and just makes plays. He trusts the reads, he trusts his progressions and it was fun to watch," Hackett said. "He had some critical errors that we need to clean up and get better at but he is going to continue to get better."

Bills Roundup: Kolb to Start, Wednesday Highlights -
"The Bills had their final open practice on Wednesday night before playing their second preseason game, coach Marrone announced a starting quarterback, and check out some of the top plays of the night. "

Marrone not worried about depth at CB -
"We feel good about how the other players are developing behind him. We have a lot of options there and options at our safety position that can do that. So as far as going out and looking for someone else for that position who may not be in camp right now, I don’t see that. We have enough players here to make us sleep at night."

Why Westerman is instant competition -
"Even though he’s coming in with just a week of training camp left, Westerman spent his first three NFL seasons in Mike Pettine’s defensive scheme with the New York Jets. So picking up the defense will take all of a couple of days for him."

Bills’ offensive line coach Pat Morris has hands-on experience - The Buffalo News
"Morris has been on the staff of three teams that led the league in rushing. He coached offensive line for San Francisco teams that did it in 1998 and ’99 and ranked second in 2001. He coached offensive line when Minnesota won the rushing title in 2007, the rookie season of All-Pro Adrian Peterson."

Bills’ misuse of C.J. Spiller enough to make anyone sick - The Buffalo News
Bucky Gleason plays off Nathaniel Hackett's comments to form a column on how the Bills have under-used Spiller.

Buffalo Bills player is like 7-Eleven - always open | Democrat and Chronicle
"He’s always open," said offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. "He’s done a really good job. He’s one of those guys, from a quarterbacks standpoint, you know right where he’s going to be. He runs very good routes. He’s a guy that definitely opens your eyes. The quarterbacks love when he’s out there."

Rookie EJ Manuel takes clear lead in Bills QB race - ESPN
"Kolb could have a solid week of practice to end training camp. He could even get the starting nod on Friday against Minnesota. And if Manuel is injured or has a major breakdown, he will be right back in the mix. But make no mistake about it: This is Manuel's job to lose."

Emotional meeting for Bills linebacker and injured police officer |
He's from Fairport and a big Bills fan, and when he was injured in Virginia, Arthur Moats reached out to him on Facebook. They met for the first time last night.