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Buffalo Bills news, 8/4: short-term injuries litter training camp

Kevin Kolb's knee injury is just one freak injury opening the door for younger players at Buffalo Bills training camp.

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Leo Roth: Doug Marrone tries to 'toughen' up his Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle

"After a week of easing his troops into the grind, dealing with CBA mandates and instructing players in drills to go full speed but stop shy of making the Kearney Hall bell tower ring, Marrone wants those pads to do what they were designed for: Bodily protection so that he and his coaches can weed out the contenders from the pretenders."

Day 6: Offense looks good in first live goal-line drill - The Buffalo News

Mark Gaughan's daily recap is once again outstanding.

Bills Camp: Day 6 Practice Notes - WGR 550

Joe Buscaglia details the offense's run of six touchdowns in seven plays against the defense in goal line work, Kevin Kolb's mat injury, Mario returning, and much more in yesterday's practice recap.

Mike Caussin update -
"We’re going to look at Mike here in a couple of days and re-evaluate him and see where he’s at and if he’s able to get back out here," said Marrone. "Or it might be a little bit longer. In five to six days we’ll re-evaluate the situation. He took a shot on the hip and we’ll probably go from there. I’ll have more information on that (at a later time)."

Bills sign TE Nick Provo, release OL Hutch Eckerson -
"He participated in Buffalo’s voluntary minicamp on a tryout basis in April. The 6-4, 249-pound four-year Syracuse letterman set a school-record among tight ends with 92 career receptions and recorded the second-most receiving yards at the position (1,027). He set the single-season record among Orange tight ends in 2011, recording 51 catches and posting the second-most receiving yards (537) en route to first-team All-BIG EAST accolades."

Stevie Johnson: "I’ll be ready to go" -
Stevie ended with: "The season is where the money is made and I’ll be out there to play."

Doug Marrone: "One thing we have to do is be consistent" -
"Bills head coach Doug Marrone spoke to the media after Saturday's practice about Kevin Kolb's injury, Mario Williams taking another step forward and the first day of live tackling."

Bills Roundup: Sat Highlights, Kolb Injured -
"Chris Brown and John Murphy recap a busy Saturday at St. John Fisher, including Kevin Kolb's injury, Stevie Johnson's recovery timetable, and all the top plays from practice."

WR Sinkfield might be faster than Goodwin -
"Buffalo signee Terrell Sinkfield, an undrafted rookie out of Northern Iowa, reportedly ran a 4.19 40-time at the University of Minnesota pro day. His first 40 time was a 4.27, which would match Buffalo’s Marquise Goodwin."

The Bills paid for a superstar and got a drama king with Mario Williams - The Buffalo News
I'm getting the sense that Jerry Sullivan doesn't like the game Mario Williams is playing.

Bills’ Kolb injures knee slipping on mat, opening first-team snaps for Manuel - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan puts a positive spin on things: Buffalo's top two draft picks will get more reps now that Kevin Kolb and Stevie Johnson are sidelined.

Is Andre Reed's Hall of Fame window about to close? - The Buffalo News
"Once these guys become available, like Marvin Harrison and all these guys with these big numbers, with the way the game has gone and throwing the football, it's going to be tougher," Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon said on an NFL Network roundtable in Canton." Marshall Faulk agrees, but James Lofton hopes common sense will prevail.

Will Kevin Kolb injury force quick EJ Manuel growth? - ESPN
"Even if Kolb is only out for one or two practices, his injury effectively swings the door wide open for rookie EJ Manuel to take control of the Bills offense."

PFT Live: Doug Marrone sounds off on Mario Williams injury | ProFootballTalk
"PFT Live: Mike Florio talks with Tim Graham of the Buffalo News about Bills head coach Doug Marrone’s salty attitude towards the media, Mario Williams‘ foot injury and who will be the starting quarterback in Buffalo."