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08/31/2014 11:53 PM Posted By: AP Wire Service

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have added quarterback Jeff Tuel and six other players to their practice squad.

All seven were cut by Buffalo on Saturday before rejoining the Bills on Sunday. Linebacker Jimmy Gaines (Canisius H.S.), wide receiver Caleb Holley, defensive linemen Ike Igbinosun and Bryan Johnson, and defensive backs Deon Broomfield and Kenny Ladler join Tuel on the practice squad.

Tuel was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State in 2013 and went on to play in two games for the Bills last season, making one start.

He completed 26 of 59 passes for 309 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Buffalo has struggled to identify a backup to quarterback EJ Manuel, cutting Tuel, Thad Lewis, Dennis Dixon and Jordan Palmer during the preseason.

The Bills signed veteran quarterback Kyle Orton on Saturday to fill the slot behind Manuel.


08/30/2014 11:13 PM Posted By: AP Wire Service

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran quarterback Kyle Orton and punter Colton Schmidt, while cutting 10 players to establish their 53-man roster.

Receiver T.J. Graham, a third-round pick in the 2012 draft, and veteran offensive lineman Doug Legursky were among the notable players released on Saturday. Also cut was second-year backup quarterback Jeff Tuel.

Orton's addition was the biggest move made the Bills, who finally ended a lengthy search for an established veteran to play behind second-year starter EJ Manuel. Orton is a nine-year veteran who spent the past two seasons with Dallas.

Also cut were safeties Deon Broomfield and Kenny Ladler; linebacker Jimmy Gaines; receiver Caleb Holley; defensive ends Ikponmwosa Igbinosun and Bryan Johnson and guard Antoine McLain.

Buffalo opens the season at Chicago on Sept. 7.


Updated 08/25/2014 05:20 PM Posted By: TWC News Staff
Rochester: State Police Release Booking Photo of Former Bills DL Alan Branch
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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- State Police released a mugshot Monday of Alan Branch, the now-former Buffalo Bill who was arrested over the weekend and charged with DWI.

Branch was pulled over around 2 a.m. Saturday on Transit Road and Genesee Street in Cheektowaga for not using his turn signal. Troopers said they saw Branch vomiting out the driver's side door of the car.

According to state police, during the traffic stop, troopers smelled alcohol, and then arrested Branch after he failed field sobriety tests. Troopers say tests showed Branch's BAC level was .14.

The defensive tackle had been a backup all preseason after starting in 13 games last year. Branch missed practice time this summer after failing a conditioning test at the start of training camp.

Branch is due in court on Friday.


08/24/2014 10:14 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

Say what you want about it only being the preseason, but through four exhibition games the Bills look far from a polished product with the regular season just two weeks away.

The starting offense struggled for the first half against the Buccaneers on Saturday in the 27-14 loss. The first team did find the end zone twice in the third quarter for the first time in exhibition play, albeit against Tampa's backup defense.

Three turnovers and other miscues costing the Bills once again. It led head coach Doug Marrone to say the starters might see some time in the final preseason game against Detroit, when normally they'd sit that one out. Either way there's plenty to work on.

"If our coach wants us out there, we’ll be out there," running back Fred Jackson said. "That’s just how a lot of guys are going to be and we need work, just like anybody else, we can’t say we’re excused from anything, especially after the performance we had in the first half. We came out and made some plays in the second half but it wasn’t enough. We just have to continue to come out here and keep working."

"We can’t start off like that," running back C.J. Spiller said. "If we want to be a great offense we have to be able to do it against the starters, their best defense and obviously we didn’t get it done. But it was good to finally get some scores."

"We have to be out there and be there for each other," quarterback EJ Manuel said. "We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot so to speak as far as the penalties or the mishaps and falling down - all that stuff. We have to eliminate those things I think that once we get past that I think we will be able to move the ball up and down the field against any defense."

The Bills return to the practice field on Monday in Orchard Park. The first round of roster cuts comes Tuesday.


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