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Bills roundup: Blackout deadline is Sunday

By Tim Graham

NFL teams have until Sunday to decide how they're going to handle the new blackout policy, Buffalo News Washington Bureau chief Jerry Zremski reported today.

Zremski also spoke with Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, who has been banging the drum for the Bills to adopt the new 85 percent threshold.

Indications are that few teams -- if any -- will shift away from the status quo. The Indianapolis Colts already have announced they're sticking with the 100 percent policy. The San Diego Chargers have suggested they will, too.

Higgins wants the Bills to try the new option for at least the upcoming season.

"The deadline is an annual deadline," Higgins said. "So why wouldn't the Bills just test it? If it doesn't make sense for them, they can act accordingly."

In other Bills clickables:

* ESPN.com blogger James Walker has been talking about the Bills as his sleeper pick for 2012, but he's finding the Bills are a chic pick around the country.

* Pro Football Weekly's Mike Wilkening writes about the Bills and Bears being hot enough to move Las Vegas lines.

* Wes Hodkiewicz of the Appleton Post Crescent catches up with linebacker Nick Barnett to review last year's recovery from a broken wrist and his transition from the Packers to the Bills.

* BuffaloBills.com provides information on how to get tickets for the night practices at St. John Fisher College.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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