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Chris Hairston out for season after going to reserve/non-football injury list

By Jay Skurski

Offensive tackle Chris Hairston, who was expected to compete for the starting job on the right side of the Buffalo Bills' offensive line this season, will not get that chance.

Hairston's season is over after the Bills moved him to their reserve/non-football injury list this afternoon.

Hairston did not practice at all during training camp while on the team's active/physically unable to perform list. His activity was limited to slow walks around the practice field at St. John Fisher College.

The move means Erik Pears is the likely starter on the right side, with Thomas Welch serving as the team's "swing tackle," the primary backup to both Pears and starting left tackle Cordy Glenn.

The Bills' active roster now sits at 75 players, meeting the maximum that will be allowed at the 4 p.m. deadline Tuesday. Safety Jairus Byrd has a two-week exemption from counting against that number.

Additionally, the Bills reached an injury settlement with guard Keith Williams and released him from injured reserve.

Bills' undisciplined moments had Doug Marrone seeing yellow

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills scored 44 points and delivered touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in their preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Not all was peachy with Bills coach Doug Marrone, though.

Marrone was disappointed his team committed nine penalties for 74 yards and committed a pair of turnovers.

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Points after: Bills 44, Colts 20

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' entertaining preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium ...

What it means: EJ Manuel's development as an NFL quarterback continued with a solid afternoon. He had his ups and downs, but finished his two quarters of work by giving the Bills a halftime lead. It was a solid, confidence-building afternoon. ... The Bills set a club preseason scoring record with help from defensive and special-teams touchdowns.

Bills star of the game: Undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel completed his first nine passes and 14 of his first 16. Tuel finished 19 of 23 for 212 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Play of the day: Quicksilver rookie Marquise Goodwin left a vapor trail when he returned a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 13 in the second quarter.

Cameo of the day: Bills running back C.J. Spiller had four carries for 36 yards. He left the game early in the first quarter.

Mario engulfs Luck: Mario Williams' foot must be OK. On one of his two series, the Bills pass-rusher breezed past hapless left tackle Anthony Costanzo and enveloped Andrew Luck for a 10-yard loss.

Stat line of the day: Manuel completed all nine of his throws for 68 yards and a touchdown in guiding the Bills on a 10-play, 92-yard drive inside the final two minutes of the first half. The Colts' defense was comprised of third-stringers at the time, but the drive had to feel good for the rookie.

Rookie gets first kicks: Veterans usually have honors, but rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins took the first half and Rian Lindell the second. Hopkins made field goals from 24 and 23 yards, but had one kickoff go out of bounds. Lindell made a 30-yard field goal.

Preliminary injury report: The Colts' training staff seemed to run out onto the field every few minutes, but the only stoppage for a Bills player was offensive lineman Thomas Welch in the fourth quarter. No update on Welch yet.

Coming up: The Bills will play the Minnesota Vikings at 7 p.m. Friday in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Doug Marrone: Don't get used to Cordy Glenn at left guard

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- Cordy Glenn was drafted to be the Buffalo Bills' franchise left tackle, among the three most important positions on the field.

This morning, Bills coach Doug Marrone had Glenn playing left guard and Thomas Welch at left tackle, but stressed we should read nothing into that. Marrone said he's merely investigating who the team's top swing lineman should be.

Which made me wonder: How many franchise left tackles around the NFL get work at left guard?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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