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Buffalo Bills news, 7/3: Preston Brown, come on down

With Kiko Alonso off to recover from an ACL injury for the next several months, Preston Brown is now the hot name for the Buffalo Bills at linebacker.

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( Alonso sustains ACL tear, likely out for 2014 season
If you missed it yesterday, the Bills and GM Doug Whaley officially confirmed the season-ending ACL tear for Kiko Alonso.

(Buffalo News) Bills see rookie filling Alonso’s shoes
Sources tell Tim Graham that the Bills are most excited about third-round rookie Preston Brown at linebacker, and that he may very well end up filling Alonso's starting role this season.

( What will the Buffalo Bills do to replace linebacker Kiko Alonso?
In this video, Ian Rapoport says that the Bills aren't planning on looking for a potential starting linebacker on the open market.

( Analytics point to LB Bradham as star in waiting
Stay tuned for my next blog post, in which I report on a recent and little-discussed Pro Football Focus post that sings the praises of little-used Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham. You haven't heard about it yet, right?

( More opportunity for added youth at LB
Yeah, I don't think Randell Johnson and Jimmy Gaines are going to be pushing for playing time. Maybe a roster spot, if they show well on special teams. Maybe.

( Buffalo Bills' D sans Kiko Alonso no longer a strength
The headline and the premise are a bit much, but there's a good point within: losing Mike Pettine, Jairus Byrd, and now Alonso in one offseason does sting.

(The Phinsider) Kiko Alonso injury: Bills linebacker out for year with torn ACL
I mean, they're Dolphins fans, so it's not perfect, but there is a surprising amount of class in this comments section. Good job, Dolphins fans.

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( Anonymous league insiders rank 32 starting quarterbacks into tiers
The short version: 26 NFL personnel men (GMs, coaches, and scouts) were asked by ESPN's Mike Sando to put starting quarterbacks into tiers, then it was all averaged out and ranked. EJ Manuel comes in at No. 27, with some GMs holding out hope for him as a pocket passer, and others questioning the Bills' offense being built around him.

( Camp Countdown: Who will be the nickel corner?
I'm not sure this is a relevant question anymore with Alonso injured. They may be more of a dime-reliant team without a true three-down linebacker in tow, and it stands to reason that both Corey Graham and Nickell Robey would be highly involved with the dime package.

(FOX Sports Ohio) Buffalo Bills 2014 Preview
Hey, I was just as skeptical as you about a FOX Sports Ohio columnist talking about the Bills, but this is a fairly cogent view of the team.

(Los Angeles Times) NFL cheerleader lawsuit update: Buffalo Jills win one against Bills
This article on the cheerleader lawsuit involving the Bills goes into a bit more detail than some of the others that are out there.