The Buffalo Bills have passed along new NFL guidelines for
items, particularly bags, that can be brought into Ralph Wilson Stadium this
In a news release, the Bills stated they "strongly
encourage fans to not bring any type of bags," but the NFL will allow:
Clear-plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that don't exceed 12 inches
by 6 inches by 12 inches, or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag.
Small clutch bags, "approximately the size of a hand,"
in addition to one of the clear-bag options.
An exception will be made for medical necessities after
inspection at the gate.
Prohibited items include:
Purses larger than a clutch bag.
Luggage of any kind.
Any bag larger than the permissible size.
Already, I'm hearing from fans who are upset over the
inability to bring seat cushions to an open-air stadium with metal bleachers in
a cold-weather town.
"Our No. 1 goal on game days at Ralph Wilson Stadium
continues to be providing our fans with the best game day experience possible,"
Bills vice president of event operations and guest experience Andy Major said
in the release, "and this policy addresses both public safety and stadium entry efficiency for all Bills
The Buffalo Bills closed their spring practices today with a lot of red-zone work.
Once again, quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel split most of the work, with Kolb getting the first snaps for the starting unit. Once again, the defense probably was a little ahead of the offense, which is to be expected at this point in the offseason.
Coach Doug Marrone on the end of the team's three-day minicamp and five-week spring workout schedule:
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson catches a pass at Wednesday's minicamp session. (Photo: James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)
By Tim Graham
Stevie Johnson offered up a Roy Munson handshake today after
the Buffalo Bills' final mandatory minicamp session.
Johnson's rigid fingers were taped at the knuckles. He
declined to clasp hands.
It has been a delicate offseason for the Bills' top wide
receiver. He's recovering from a twisted left ankle and revealed for the first
time his previous back injury wasn't merely a strain. He broke it.
The Buffalo Bills' defense ended the second minicamp practice of the week in all-out piranha mode Wednesday.
It was a feeding frenzy of sacks as the Bills' first-string offense under quarterback Kevin Kolb tried to move downfield in a two-minute drill in need of a touchdown.
Kolb managed to elude a rush and improvise a quick-thinking throw over the middle to Fred Jackson for a gain of about 25 yards on a third-down play.
After that, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine dialed up four straight blitzes and ended the series with four straight sacks.
"I'm glad Coach Pettine's on our team, that's for sure,
and all those guys they have out there," said offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. "Any time you have a defense like we're
facing, every single day it's going to be a roller-coaster of emotions. I mean,
they're bringing everybody from every place and you have to do your best to try
to get a foundation and make things happen.
"There's some things that do good
and other things that you're just putting your hand on top of your head and
just trying to get to the next play."
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.
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.
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.