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Big Preseason Battle: This afternoon the entire nation gets to see the Bills QB battle in full display on the NFL Network at 4pm. The Bills battle the Steelers in what is normally the preseason game that most closely resembles a regular season game. It won't for the Bills however as they are missing three of their top four running backs and their top three wide receivers. All three QBs in the race will see time with the first team but really that means just the starting offensive line. It created a big stir on Thursday when Rex Ryan announced EJ Manuel will get the start but the question remains will he get as much time as Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. There is high drama for Bills fans at least through the first possession of the third quarter as the QB battle could be decided today. We will have our usual blurbs about what players helped themselves and which hurt themselves after the game.
EJ To Start: Rex Ryan announced after practice today that EJ Manuel will get the start on Saturday against Pittsburgh. All three quarterbacks will see time with the first team and the starters will play one series into the third quarter. Ryan said Manuel earned the start with his play the first two preseason games calling the winning drive against Cleveland impressive. The coach also stated he loves the competitiveness in him. Regardless of who starts Saturday afternoon's game will be very interesting as the QB job is on the line and very much up in the air.
Getting Healthy: The team practiced at One Bills Drive for the first time since leaving training camp and the players saw a renovated fieldhouse and locker room areas. The team also is getting healthier as Bryce Brown, Parcy Harvin, and Boobie Dixon returned to the field in some capacity while Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods were limited again. It is a longshot than any of these players will play on Saturday. LeSean McCoy was doing some more work on the side along with Watkins. Deonte Thompson left practice early with a foot injury.
Camp Wraps Up: The Bills held their last practice of training camp today at St. Johns Fisher College. Percy Harvin was back on the field doing limited drills but didn't wear pads. The coach praised his desire and work to get back on the field. The injured running backs, with the exception of Karlos Williams, were all working on the side with the coaches, trainers, and conditioning staff. McCoy looked pretty good moving around. Aaron Williams took part in drills after coming off with tightness in his hamstring on Sunday. Charles Clay left practice early with a minor knee injury. He never left the field and he still may play Saturday against Pittsburgh. Marcell Dareus returned to action after sitting out on Sunday night. Rex Ryan said at his final camp press conference that barring anything unforseen Seantrel Henderson will be the starting right tackle. Matt Cassel got more first team reps today but the coach said the rotation for Saturday is still undecided saying all three QBs have performed at a high level in practice and in camp. Injury Page.
AFC East Preseason Update: Check out our latest edition of the AFC East roundtable where we look at the one starter on each side of the ball who needs to have a big game in the pivotal third preseason game. For the Bills we chose Matt Cassel who still likely has a slight lead in the QB battle and Ronald Darby who needs to be more consistent. Our friends from New York Jet Fuel, PatsFans.com, and Phin Maniacs gives their thoughts on their potential breakout players. Complete Story.
Camp Ends: Training camp comes to an end with a morning practice at St. Johns Fisher College today. The Bills will then had back to Buffalo to continue preparing for the season and Saturday's preseason matchup with the Steelers.
Bills Top 60K: The Bills announced today that they have topped 60,000 season tickets for the first time ever. They announced they are at 60,102 season tickets for the coming season which is virually sold out. Russ Brandon released a statement that said, "Bills Season Ticket Members are the most loyal, faithful and passionate fans in the National Football League. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate this record-setting achievement and honor our Season Ticket Members publicly with the 60K club website and graphic. The organization and all Bills fans are excited for a great 2015 season."
Final Night Practice: The Bills held their final night practice of training camp and will wrap camp up with a morning practice on Tuesday. All three quarterbacks got reps with the first team but Matt Cassel got more of them. Rex Ryan indicated before practice that all three of the QBs will get reps with the first team on Saturday against Pittsburgh. Dezmin Lewis had his best night of camp as Aaron Williams left with tightness in his hamstring. Marcell Dareus sat out but was on the sidelines and seemed ok. Ross Cockrell returned to practice for the first time in a few weeks.