Alonso Lost For Year With Torn ACL
Night Practice Ticket Info: The Bills announced today that free tickets to the first three night practices on July 20th, 25th, and 26th will be made available through ticketmaster online on Monday at 9am. There will be an eight ticket limit per order. Tickets for the next three night practices on August 1st, 5th, and 9th will be made available Sat. July 26th at 11am at four Sunoco and four Tops locations in Western New York and limited to four tickets per order. The final night practice on August 18th will have a two ticket limit and be handed out at a Dunn tire location in the Clarence Mall and one in Rochester.
Thursday July 10, 2014
Timberlake Toasts Wilson: Justin Timberlake held a sold out concert at the First Niagara Center last night and at one point during the show he held up a shot and said "you all know I'm a big sports fan, so we are going to do this one for Ralph Wilson". The crowd roared at the class act from the entertainment star.
Kelly Opens Up Camp: Jim Kelly opened up his 27th annual football camp last night and got emotional when thanking his friends, family, former teammates, and the entire Buffalo community for helping him through his battle with cancer. Kelly said he will be at every practice at this year's camp like he has been for the past 26 years although he admitted he won't be running around as usual.
New Name In Ownership Field: Several sources have confirmed that prominent bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach is exploring the possible purchase of the Bills and he is reportedly trying to get Jim Kelly on board to help form his ownership group. The Amherst native has stated in the past that he would look to buy the Bills to keep them in Western New York. Gundlach is the CEO, chief investment officer, and largest shareholder of Los Angeles-based investment firm DoubleLine Capital. The firm manages $50 billion in assets. He would need some help to buy the team as his net worth is reportedly around $1 Billion. WGRZ's Adam Benigni reports that sources tell him the Pegulas are strong candidates to win the bidding process for the team.
Tuesday July 8, 2014
Kelly On Radio: Jim Kelly was on The Brew 95.1 in Rochester and said the biggest issue with his recovery is having no taste buds still and having to drink a ton of water. He plans on being at his football camp for all five days in Buffalo and the one day clinic at St. Johns Fisher College. He lost 51 pounds and all his hair in his treatment. He is slowly and surely getting back to regular food and even had a chicken wing or two but still a little to hot for him.
Thursday July 3, 2014
Sales Book Out: Several reports say the Bills have released the sales book to prospective bidders for the team. A non binding indication of interest document is due back to the team on July 29th. This book is a detailed look at the entire organization including the finances of the team. It will be used by potential buyers to decide if they want to proceed with a bid.
Brown In Line To Replace Alonso? As we wrote yesterday this year's third round draft pick may be the guy who replaces last year's 2nd round pick in the starting lineup. Sources tell the Buffalo News the Bills may be looking to Preston Brown as the replacement at weakside linebacker for the injured Kiko Alonso. They raved about Brown's versatility and production at the OTAs and minicamps. They even used him as the nickel linebacker in the spring practices. That may add to him getting the first shot at the job in training camp which should be wide open for competition. The team feels they have enough depth at the position that they don't need to look outside the organization for help. Depth Chart.
Pegula Hires Broker: Terry Pegula's interest in buying the Bills is real. He has hired renowned investment banker Steve Greenberg to oversee their interest in buying the Bills. He specializes in the sales of sports teams and has been involved in many transactions incluing sales of the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Bucks, and San Diego Padres. This does not mean the Pegulas are committed to bidding on the team but does show their extreme interest in the process. The Associated Press reports the Pegulas did receive one of the non disclosure agreements sent out by the law firm representing the estate of Ralph Wilson.
Wednesday July 2, 2014
Alonso Tears ACL: So much for the break before training camp. Kiko Alonso wasn't taking a break and the results were a huge blow to the Bills. The Bills have confirmed he tore his ACL during a workout in his home state of Oregon yesterday and will most likely miss the entire season. The recovery time for this injury is usually 7 to 9 months. Doug Whaley released a statement last night that would not confirm the torn ACL but said, "we have learned tonight that Kiko Alonso injured his knee while working out in Oregon. We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it may be significant." The injury may push Nigel Bradham into a starting role and give 7th round pick Randell Johnson a better chance at making the team. The Bills may also look to slide third round pick Preston Brown to the weakside from the backup middle linebacker spot. Injury Page.
Tuesday July 1, 2014
Trial Set: Marcell Dareus appeared in Hamburg court this morning. A non jury trial has been set for Tuesday September 9th at 10am. That is the team's off day between weeks 1 and 2 of the season. It was not known if he was offered a plea on the charges of reckless endangerment after crashing his 2012 Jaguar into a tree on May 30th.
Dareus In Court: Marcell Dareus is due in court in Hamburg today on charges of reckless endangerment after crashing his 2012 Jaguar into a tree on May 30th. It is a misdemeanor charge. He also received several tickets in his latest transgression. He is also waiting to find out for sure that he will be accepted into a pre-trial intervention program on his synthetic marijuana possession charge in Alabama.
Latest On Toronto Ownership Saga: John Kryk of the Toronto Sun reports that there is now one or no Toronto groups looking to buy the Bills and move them north of the border. Kryk reports that the Rogers family doesn't have the fluid cash to buy the team on their own and despite the possibility that the Rogers family will join the Bon Jovi Tanenbaum group, he won't bid on his own. That leaves just the one group from Toronto and there may be a change of thinking on their front. Ron Jaworski told WGR yesterday that Bon Jovi has never said he would move the team to Toronto if he got them and that his good friend knows the team belongs in Buffalo. This could be a ploy because anybody looking to buy the team needs to at least give the perception they won't move it the first chance they get.
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