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Decision on camp could wait

The Buffalo Bills are not bumping up against a deadline - yet anyway - on whether they can conduct training camp at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester.

The Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday announced they will not take their camp to McDaniel College, as planned, due to the uncertainty over the NFL's labor talks with players. The Ravens will stay at their team facility instead.

Labor negotiations are showing some signs of promise after owners meetings this week in Chicago and with more talks between players and management scheduled for next week. Bills training camps is expected to open about July 28. Teams no doubt would like to have an agreement in place by July 7 to 10 in order to prepare for a normal start to camp. However, St. John Fisher could get ready for the Bills on relatively short notice. So the Bills probably can wait a little deeper into July than some teams before making a decision on whether to cancel camp or not.

"Fisher has been a great partner," said Russ Brandon, Bills chief executive officer. "I’ve been keeping President (Donald) Bain briefed. We’re in full prep mode to go to training camp at St. John Fisher College. One of the factors that assists us is the cooperation from the senior staff at Fisher and the campus to allow us that flexibility to come to camp."

Brandon would not offer much on the progress of labor talks. "There’s a mandate to not speak on it and I won’t," he said. "The only thing that I’ll offer is any time there is dialog and communication between the principles it’s got to be viewed as positive and I’ll leave it at that."

---Mark Gaughan

 

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