Lynch Troubles Continues
Five Games Soldout: Yesterday was the first day season ticket holders could buy unlimited number of individual game tickets and as a result five games are now considered sellouts. The team announced yesterday that they surpassed the 52,000 season ticket mark. The Seahawks, Jets, Raiders, Chargers, and Browns games are all soldout. You can still get tickets to the game by buying season tickets. The other two Ralph Wilson Stadium home games against the Patriots and 49ers are down to limited availability. It appears there may be no reason to put individual game tickets on sale to the general public in July like they do every year as demand is extremely high this year.
Friday June 6, 2008
OTA Wraps: The third week of the OTAs wrapped up with a workout this morning. J.P. Losman returned on Thursday. Darian Barnes returned on Friday. Josh Reed was sidelined with a twisted knee that didn't appear too serious. Spencer Johnson spent his second straight week on the sidelines but should return from a pulled hamstring next week. Robert Royal, Mike Viti, and Tim Massaquoi remain sidelined. Aaron Schobel, Marshawn Lynch, Lee Evans, Jabari Greer, Melvin Fowler, and Jason Peters weren't in attendance. The OTAs finish up with two days of voluntary work next Monday and Tuesday followed by the mandatory mini camp next Wednesday through Friday. Dick Jauron said he expects Peters to attend the mandatory camp but has not spoken to the player.
Cops Think Lynch Was Driving: As the day went on today the news kept getting worse for Marshawn Lynch. Police now say they believe Lynch was driving the vehicle involved in the alleged hit and run accident. They called it a natural assumption that Lynch was driving the car because of all the facts of the case. They expect to resolve the case by early next week despite not getting any cooperation from Lynch. The running back missed his first OTA practice on Friday for what Coach Jauron called an unrelated personal issue.
Lynch Driving? The Buffalo News reports today that a source says a witness told police that Marshawn Lynch was indeed driving the vehicle that was involved in the hit and run incident early Saturday morning. The witness reportedly came forward in the past two days. Reports also say that two other people were in the car and that two Bills players were seen with Lynch earlier. It is believed that Lynch was not alone in the car. Witnesses say that two other Bills players were seen with Lynch on Chippewa street but it is not known if they were in the car with Lynch or not.
Lynch In Car: Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark is calling Marshawn Lynch a "principle suspect" in last week's alleged hit and run incident. He said the player was in the car when the incident occurred. There were other people in the car at the time and it is still unclear whether or not Lynch was driving, Clark told AP. The DA is frustrated by Lynch's lack of cooperation but says he will find out who was driving the car. Lynch's attorney said the player is cooperating. The DA is open to a plea deal and says charges will be filed when they know who was driving.
Browns Game Soldout: With one less regular season home game and the best season ticket count since 1993 it appears tickets will be tougher to come by this year and that is appearing true. The Bills announced yesterday that the Monday night game against the Browns is already soldout with individual game tickets not going on sale for another month. The opener against the Seahawks is also nearing a sellout with just limited tickets available. A long line of season ticket holders were at the stadium on Thursday which was the first day season ticket holders can buy extra individual game tickets. You can still get tickets for all games if you buy season tickets.
Thursday June 5, 2008
McKelvin Held Out: Rookie Leodis McKelvin was held out of today's OTA session with tightness in his hamstring. He left practice early yesterday as a precaution when the hamstring tightened up. Fellow rookie Reggie Corner got more reps in his absence. Spencer Johnson remained sidelined with a hamstring injury and Robert Royal also is sidelined as he recovers from knee surgery. Today's absences included Jason Peters, Aaron Schobel, Darian Barnes, and Melvin Fowler. Injury Page.
Wednesday June 4, 2008
Lynch At Practice Again: While everyone waits for an outcome on the Marshawn Lynch investigation, he continues to show up at the OTAs. He was at today's workout along with Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish who returned according to the team's website. Evans is still not participating fully because of his shoulder. Aaron Schobel remains out along with Jason Peters. Not in attendance today were J.P. Losman and Mike Viti as well.
Police Waiting On Lynch: Buffalo police are growing impatient as they wait to speak with Marshawn Lynch about the hit and run incident early Saturday morning. His lawyer released a statement yesterday saying he wasn't going to comment at this time and doesn't want his client commenting either. Lynch did not talk to reporters during yesterday's OTAs. A police spokesperson said that "the clock is ticking" and if they don't hear from Lynch soon they will take some action. An obstruction of justice charge is possible if a meeting doesn't take place soon. The police won't comment on if they know who was driving the car and they have declined to call Lynch a suspect yet. Since Lynch has a right to be represented by an attorney the police can't confront him during the OTA practice sessions.
Peters Still Absent: As expected Jason Peters remained away as the OTAs resumed yeterday. Also not in attendance were Lee Evans, Roscoe Parrish, and Aaron Schobel. Melvin Fowler, Spencer Johnson, Tim Massaquoi, and Robert Royal were in attendance but held out of the workout. The offense didn't show any of the rust they showed early last week according to the team's website.
Tuesday June 3, 2008
Lynch In Attendance: As the Bills took the practice field today for the return of the OTAs, Marshawn Lynch is on the field as he has been throughout the offseason. His agent has advised him not to comment on the hit and run incident but he will certainly be approached by reporters after the workout ends.
Police Want To Talk To Lynch: Buffalo police do want to talk to Marshawn Lynch after examining his vehicle which they impounded on Sunday. A police spokesperson stressed no charges have been filed and the police still are trying to determine who was driving the vehicle when the hit and run incident occured. Lynch's attorney is back in town but would not comment on the situation and advised his client to do the same. The unidentified female victim has been treated and released from an area hospital.
Bills Statement On Lynch Situation: The Bills released a statement yesterday regarding the hit and run incident involving Marshawn Lynch's vehicle. The statement said, "At this point in time, we want to let the process play out before we make any comments relative to the situation as we don't know all the facts," said Bills Vice President of Communications Scott Berchtold. "The investigation is ongoing by the Buffalo Police Department and all comments relative to Marshawn are being handled by his attorney, Michael Caffery. Anything beyond that is speculation and we will refrain from that." The OTAs get back underway today and look for a swarming of the press around Lynch if he's in attendance.
Monday June 2, 2008
OTAs Resume Tomorrow: The third week of the four weeks of organized team activites begins tomorrow with a 90 minute workout at 10:30am. They will workout four days this week ending Friday. The OTAs end next week with workouts on Monday and Tuesday followed by the only full squad mandatory mini camp Wed. June 11th through Fri. June 13th.
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