Quinton Spain carted off with ankle injury

By Brandon J. Koch

Another injury along the starting offensive line for the Buffalo Bills offense.

Left guard Quinton Spain was carted off late in the first quarter with a ankle injury.

Spain joins center Mitch Morse, (concussion) and Ty Nsekhe (knee) on the injury list.

This was the starting offensive line tonight in Detroit:

LT – Dion Dawkins

LG – Quinton Spain

C – Jon Feliciano

RG – Spencer Long

RT – Cody Ford

Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane constantly emphasize versatility.

Jon Feliciano can play guard and center, as well as Spencer Long.

Cody Ford was playing right guard for most of the summer until Ty Nsekhe’s injury, now he’s at tackle.


BillsMafia invades Carolina

By Brandon J. Koch

The Buffalo Bills are in Spartanburg, South Carolina, for a joint practice with the Panthers before Friday’s preseason game.

It wouldn’t be a Bills practice event with BillsMafia attending. Buffalo Bills fans were everywhere.

Sal Capaccio of WGR:

Scott Swenson Channel 4 News:

Thad Brown, Rochester:

Josh Reed, Channel 4:

Absolutely incredible how many Bills fans come to every practice, event and games.

Josh Allen’s special relationship with the fans

By Brandon J. Koch

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has a special relationship with his fans.

Allen stayed after every training camp practice until everything was signed.

The face of the franchise shows up to community and charitable events, showing Western New York that he will always be there.

After Thursday’s nights game, Allen reflected on being back with the fans for the first time since late December.

“My adrenaline was definitely flowing tonight. I love this game and I love this place. You could feel the energy from our fans tonight and I was pumped to be back,” Allen said.

Allen also talked about how BillsMafia have treated him and it’s only his second season in Buffalo.

“I appreciate how well Buffalo fans have treated me. It’s obviously my second season here, but I want to be here as long as possible.”

Ristolainen: dissatisfied with Sabres

By Brandon J. Koch

In an interview with MTV sports in Finland, Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is not happy in his position with the Sabres and wants to look into playing with another team.

Ristolanien: “The situation is open. I cannot say anything other than the fact that on September 12th, I will be at a team’s training camp.”

“We wanted to keep the discussions between me and the club,” Ristolanien said.

He talked about his career in Buffalo.

“I haven’t been able to help the team win. Recent seasons have been tough and I haven’t been able to enjoy hockey.”

You can find the story here.

What does this mean for Risto and the Sabres moving forward?

It’s getting a little intense once a player says they want to move on and start fresh with another team.

The Sabres report to camp in about a month from now, so it’s interesting to see what Jason Botterill is thinking and trying to do with Ristolanien.

Report: Bills to sign Captain Munnerlyn

By Brandon J. Koch

With cornerback EJ Gaines on IR with a groin injury, Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott turn to some help.

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network is reporting that Captain Munnerlyn is signing with the Bills.

In ten seasons with the Panthers and Vikings, Captain posted 529 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 12 interceptions.

As Garafolo said, the 31 year old Munnerlyn will bring stability and experience to the Bills secondary.

Report: EJ Gaines to IR

By Brandon J. Koch

The Buffalo Bills have placed EJ Gaines on injured reserve with a groin injury, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott previously stated that Gaines would be out “a few weeks.”

This is Gaines second stint in Buffalo after and is competing with Levi Wallace for the second cornerback spot.

ESPN Bills beat reporter Marcel Louis-Jacques also confirmed the report.

Report: Bills acquire help for offensive line

By Brandon J. Koch

A report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the Bills and the Eagles making a trade.

The Bills acquired OL Ryan Bates from the Eagles for DE Eli Harold.

Ryan Bates is an undrafted free agent from Penn state.

With injuries across the offensive line, Brandon Beane felt the need to get help.

Bates is 6’4″ 306 pounds. It will be interesting to see where he will fit and how much practice time he will get.

Christian Wade touchdown

By Brandon J. Koch

Former Rugby superstar Christian Wade scored a 65 yard touchdown in his first ever NFL game.

His first touch of the football, showing his speed and quickness.

It will be an uphill battle for Wade to make the roster, but that was a big play that opens up a lot of eyes.

Cole Beasley: being in Buffalo is the most fun I’ve had playing football since high school

By Brandon J. Koch

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is back having fun playing football.

“It’s the most fun I’ve had playing football in a long, long time, man. Since high school,” Beasley said.

Spending his first 7 seasons in Dallas, Beasley felt overlooked by all the big stars the Cowboys had.

“I really feel like it’s a respect thing,” he said. “I felt like in Dallas, it was always an uphill battle trying to fight to get them to respect me.”

Beasley felt an instant connection with Buffalo and the fans, along with being able to play freely in offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense.

“I can just see it in the routes he’ll let me run. And if I mess up, he’s like, ‘I know you’ll get it. Don’t worry about it,”‘ Beasley said of Daboll. “He gives me that time to develop. Only a coach who really believes in you is going to let you do that.”

In the end, Beasley made a life changing decision back in March and he’s happy where he wants to be.

“I always wanted more there, and they were just like, ‘We don’t do that,”‘ Beasley added. “That’s why I think maybe it’s more fun now, and I can just play free and don’t have to worry. I’m right where I want to be.”

Owens: Absolute honor to play in Buffalo

By Brandon J. Koch

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens has spoken multiple times about his one season playing for the Bills.

Owens said he was proud to be a Buffalo Bill. In his Hall of Fame speech Owens said, “To a team where nobody wanted to play – to my Buffalo Bills fans.”

Now Owens tweeted:

“Loved every minute of my time in Buffalo!! Love Orchard Park! Glad I got a chance to meet Ralph before he passed. It was an ABSOLUTE honor to play there! #GOBILLS”

In Owens’ one year as a Bill he caught 55 passes for 829 yards with 6 touchdowns. He also scored one rushing TD.