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Manziel Enters As Bills Bully Browns

Manziel Enters As Bills Bully Browns

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills beat up on the Cleveland Browns to the point that they forced Brian Hoyer to the bench.

Sunday, the Bills witnessed what could be the start of the Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland as they defeated the Browns 26-10. Manziel came in to relieve Hoyer with 12:01 left in the fourth quarter.

Buffalo's defense rattled Hoyer all game, forcing two interceptions and sacking the Browns signal caller twice. 

Manziel entered and the impact was immediate. Trailing by 17, Manziel marched the Browns 80 yards on eight plays and scored a touchdown from 10 yards out to cut Buffalo's lead to 20-10. 

"It felt great," Manziel said. "Anytime you can drive 80 yards on a defense like that, with a defensive front like that and make a couple plays."

The Bills quickly put an end to the Manziel Mania. On the Browns' next possession, Manziel fumbled a third down shotgun snap and defensive lineman Kyle Williams forced an incomplete pass. The play was initially ruled a fumble but reversed by the replay official. The Browns would then fail to convert on fourth down.

Both teams now sport a 7-5 record but the Browns face the question of who will start at quarterback for the final month of the season.

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Report: Former Bills Star Contemplated Suicide

Report: Former Bills Star Contemplated Suicide

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- One of the star members of the Buffalo Bills four consecutive AFC Championship teams, Darryl Talley, is suffering from chronic depression and has contemplated suicide.

Talley tells the Buffalo News that he believes the ill effects he is experiencing are a result of incurring numerous severe hits from his playing days as a linebacker. 

Now 54, Talley stated "When you go through the s--- that I’ve gone through, you start to wonder: Is this really worth it? Is it worth being here, worth being tortured anymore?"

He continues to explain that one of the the reasons he continues to fight the depression is the desire to see his grandchildren grow up. 

Talley was one of the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against the NFL which claimed that the league hid evidence that playing the game posed risks to players’ mental health.

The NFL initially settled the lawsuit for $675 million over 65 years.  A federal judge later removed the cap on the settlement after seeing that the more than 20,000 players could qualify for treatment. 

 

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Bills Will Play in Buffalo on Sunday

Bills Will Play in Buffalo on SundayTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a temporary hiatus from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Buffalo Bills are fully planning on playing in front of their home crowd this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The Bills' scheduled game this past Su...

One Day Later, Bills Dominate Jets

One Day Later, Bills Dominate Jets

om Szczerbowski/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mich.) -- Even though snow stranded members of the team and forced them to play their home game at Detroit's Ford Field a day later, the Buffalo Bills throttled the New York Giants, 38-3 on Monday night.

Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes in the win, despite Buffalo (6-5) having a shortened practice week.

"We probably had the easy part of it, and back home they had the tough part," Orton said. "[We're] excited to get here and get a big win for us, and hopefully this will propel us forward."

With many of their fans still snowed in across Western New York, the Bills put together an impressive showcase in all three phases. Five different players scored touchdowns on offense, including a pair of passes to Robert Woods and Scott Chandler. When Chandler pulled in his catch, the tight end mimicked a shoveling motion for those back in Buffalo.

"It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo," Chandler said. "You want to do something special for our fans. They did a great job showing up for us tonight, and for the people back there, we're behind you."

The Bills also dominated on defense, holding the Jets (2-9) to just 218 total yards and only 3-of-15 on third down conversions. Manny Lawson had possibly the biggest play of the game, recovering a blocked punt in the end zone to give Buffalo a 24-3 advantage in the third quarter.

Orton finished the game with two touchdown passes and 230 yards while Michael Vick through for just 76 yards and an interception, ultimately leaving the game with an injury.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 12: Buffalo Bills 38 (6-5) – New York Jets 3 (2-9)

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 113 (8-5) – Charlotte Hornets 92 (4-11)

Cleveland Cavaliers 106 (6-7) – Orlando Magic 74 (6-10)

Portland Trail Blazers 114 (11-3) – Philadelphia 76ers 104 (0-14)

Toronto Raptors 104 (12-2) – Phoenix Suns 100 (9-6)

Houston Rockets 91 (11-3) – New York Knicks 86 (4-11)

Indiana Pacers 111 (6-8) – Dallas Mavericks 100 (10-5)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (14-4-2; 30pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (13-9-1; 27pts) OT

New York Islanders 1 (15-6-0; 30pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 0 (8-9-3; 19pts) SO

Detroit Red Wings 4 (11-5-5; 27pts) – Ottawa Senators 3 (9-7-4; 22pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (12-8-0; 24pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (7-6-6; 20pts)

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NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Due to the extreme blizzard that's hit the Buffalo area, the NFL announced Thursday that the Sunday's Bills game against the New York Jets would be moved to another city.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports the game will be played Monday night in Detroit at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

The Buffalo area has been hammered with at least six feet of snow which has stopped the Bills from holding practice Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Bills' officials, every foot of snow that falls in and around the teams' stadium takes three days to remove. It is estimated that the stadium currently has four feet of snow in it -- and another two feet is expected to fall before it's all over.

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Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did just fine against the league's best pass rush.Tannehill, who was playing behind an offensive line that was missing left tackle Branden Albert, completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Dolphins to a crucial 22-9 win over the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.The win puts Miami (6-4) in sole possession of second place in the AFC East and evens their season's series with Buffalo at a game apiece.It was a game of field goals in the first half. Dan Carpenter's second field goal, with 3:26 remaining in the second quarter, gave Buffalo a 6-3 lead which it took into halftime.After Carpenter hit a field goal to put the Bills up six in the third quarter, the Dolphins scored 19 unanswered points, 12 of them coming off Tannehill touchdown passes to win the game.Lamar Miller had 15 carries for 86 yards in the win.While the Bills' pass rush couldn't force Tannehill to throw a pick, they did come up with five sacks, 3.5 of those coming thanks to Mario Williams.The Bills (5-5) will look to get back on track next week when they host the New York Jets. Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be in Denver to take on the Broncos in Week 12.

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Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With a three-and-out and three interceptions to open the game the Geno Smith era in New York may soon be over.

As the clock ticked under five minutes to go in the first quarter the Jets handed the reigns to Mike Vick.  That would still not be enough as New York lost to the Bills 43-23 and committed six turnovers on the day.

"I made the move to go to Mike and I think we responded," Rex Ryan said. "There was a lot of good things we did with Mike in there."

With Vick under center New York pulled close as Nick Folk hit a 55-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 24-17.

Turnovers continued to haunt the Jets throughout the day. Vick commited three turnovers of his own that killed any momentum New York had built.

"We have to take care of the football better," Ryan stated.

Buffalo stormed away in the second half though as Kyle Orton tossed a pair of touchdowns to Scott Chandler and rookie wideout Sammy Watkins.  Orton finished the day completing 10 of 17 passes with four touchdowns - the first time in his career he had done so.

When asked who would start next week for the Jets when they travel to Kansas City, Ryan deferred only saying, "we'll look at that later."

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Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown pass from Kyle Orton with one second left on the clock as the Buffalo Bills (4-3) snuck past the Minnesota Vikings (2-5), 17-16 on Sunday. 

Orton, a 10-year veteran, led an 80-yard drive in the final quarter to cap off an improbable victory for the Bills who turned the ball over four times. Buffalo also lost a pair of running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to injury.

That did not deter the quarterback who overcame a lost fumble and interception of his own. The rookie Watkins finished the day with nine catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Orton kept the drive alive by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler. Two plays later, he found Watkins to convert on third-and-12.

"Any time you get a chance to go on a game-winning drive, it's awesome," Orton said. "We hung in there, made some mistakes, but in the end we got the win, and that was our goal."

The Vikings led 13-10 at halftime on a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sandwiched around a Cordarelle Patterson touchdown catch. The lead ballooned to six on Walsh's third field goal of the game in the fourth quarter after Minnesota had a first-and-goal on the seven.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Division Series: Baltimore Orioles 2 - Detroit Tigers 1 (Orioles win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

Kansas City Royals 8 - Los Angeles Angels 3 (Royals win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

NFL: New England Patriots 43 (3-2) - Cincinnati Bengals 17 (3-1)

Carolina Panthers 31 (3-2) - Chicago Bears 24 (2-3)

Cleveland Browns 29 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 28 (1-4)

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (4-1) - St. Louis Rams 28 (1-3)

New York Giants 30 (3-2) - Atlanta Falcons 20 (2-3)

New Orleans Saints 37 (2-3) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 (1-4) - Overtime

Dallas Cowboys 20 (4-1) - Houston Texans 17 (3-2) - Overtime

Buffalo Bills 17 (3-2) - Detroit Lions 14 (3-2)

Indianapolis Colts 20 (3-2) - Baltimore Ravens 13 (3-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (3-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 9 (0-5)

Denver Broncos 41 (3-1) - Arizona Cardinals 20 (3-1)

San Francisco 49ers 22 (3-2) - Kansas City Chiefs 17 (2-3)

San Diego Chargers 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 0 (1-4)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at Kansas Speedway.

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Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers (1-1) have a tough task at hand on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (2-0).

San Diego is coming off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks in week 2 and quarterback Philip Rivers understands this will be another challenge in a long season.

"It's going to be tough," Rivers said. "[They're] not a team we're overly familiar with and they've won two in a row. We got to go play good."

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is doing everything he can to prepare his defense for stand-out rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

"He's on his first go-around with each defensive back," McCoy said of the rookie.  "He plays it for a little bit and as the game goes on he learns a few more things about the technique that guys trying to play. He's got so much to learn, but he's done a nice job the first couple weeks of the season, very explosive player."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Miami Dolphins 33 (1-0) - New England Patriots 20 (0-1) 

Carolina Panthers 20 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-1) 

Houston Texans 17 (1-0) - Washington Redskins 6 (0-1) 

Tennessee Titans 26 (1-0) - Kansas City Chiefs 10 (0-1) 

Cincinnati Bengals 23 (1-0) - Baltimore Ravens 16 (0-1) 

Buffalo Bills 23 (1-0) - Chicago Bears 20 (0-1) - OT

New York Jets 19 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (1-0) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-1) 

Minnesota Vikings 34 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 6 (0-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (1-0) - Cleveland Browns 27 (0-1) 

Atlanta Falcons 37 (1-0) - New Orleans Saints 34 (0-1) - OT

Denver Broncos 31 (1-0) - Indianapolis Colts 24 (0-1)

MLB: Houston Astros 4 (63-80) - Oakland Athletics 3 (80-62) 

Texas Rangers 1 (54-89) - Seattle Mariners 0 (78-64) 

Colorado Rockies 6 (59-84) - San Diego Padres 0 (66-76) 

Los Angeles Angels 14 (87-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (61-82) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (81-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-84) 

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (74-68) - Chicago Cubs 4 (64-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 7 (83-59) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (69-75) - 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (79-64) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (74-69) 

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (73-69) - Boston Red Sox 1 (63-80) 

Washington Nationals 3 (80-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (66-76) 

Kansas City Royals 2 (79-62) - New York Yankees 0 (73-68) 

Cleveland Indians 2 (74-67) - Chicago White Sox 0 (63-79)

Miami Marlins 4 (69-72) - Atlanta Braves 0 (74-69) 

New York Mets 4 (68-75) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (67-76) 

Detroit Tigers 6 (78-65) - San Francisco Giants 1 (78-65)

Tennis: (1) Serena Williams defeats (10) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open

PGA: Billy Horschel wins the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills

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Jim Kelly is Cancer Free

Jim Kelly is Cancer FreeRick Stewart/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer free. Kelly learned the news Thursday after follow-up biopsies came back negative. "This is some of the greatest news I've ever gotten," Kelly said in a stat...

Sammy Watkins Hurts Ribs

Sammy Watkins Hurts Ribs

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins left Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers with a rib contusion in the first quarter and did not return.

Watkins was trying to pull in a pass by EJ Manuel on a quick slant that was low and incomplete.  Steelers defender Cortez Allen fell to the ground while trying to make the play and linebacker Ryan Shazier jumped to avoid Allen and collided with Watkins' rib cage.

"I think Sammy will be fine," Manuel said. "Hopefully he'll come back and bounce back from whatever little injury he had."

Watkins walked to the locker room on his own power, but the Bills have still not released any further update after he received X-rays.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 4 (56-59) - Chicago Cubs 3 (49-64) 10 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 12 (66-49) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (61-53)

New York Mets 5 (55-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (52-64)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-53) - San Diego Padres 1 (52-62)

Miami Marlins 2 (56-59) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-57)

Detroit Tigers 5 (63-50) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (61-56)

New York Yankees 10 (61-54) - Cleveland Indians 6 (57-59) 

Kansas City Royals 4 (61-53) - San Francisco Giants 2 (62-54)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (64-52) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (66-51)

Atlanta Braves 7 (59-56) - Washington Nationals 6 (62-52)

Houston Astros 4 (48-68) - Texas Rangers 3 (45-70)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (50-66) - Colorado Rockies 3 (45-70)

Oakland Athletics 6 (71-44) - Minnesota Twins 5 (51-63)

Seattle Mariners 4 (61-54) - Chicago White Sox 1 (55-62)

Boston Red Sox 4 (51-64) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (67-48)

NFL Preseason: Atlanta Falcons 16 (1-0) - Miami Dolphins 10 (0-1)

Jacksonville Jaguars 16 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 (0-1)

Buffalo Bills 20 (1-0) - Carolina Panthers 18 (0-1)

Minnesota Vikings 10 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-1)

New Orleans Saints 26 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 24 (0-1) 

Chicago Bears 34 (1-0) - Philadelphia Eagles 28 (0-1)

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Giants Beat Buffalo in Hall of Fame Game

Giants Beat Buffalo in Hall of Fame Game

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(CANTON, Ohio) -- Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib connected with rookie wide receiver Corey Washington on a 73-yard strike in the fourth quarter to help give the New York Giants a 17-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame game.

The Giants (1-0) debuted their new offense, courtesy of first-year coordinator Ben McAdoo, and showed off a balanced attack. Most impressive was the combination of Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams in the backfield. The rookie Williams led the Giants with 43 rushing yards on seven carries. His best run, a 21-yard scamper, led to New York's first touchdown of the night and gave them a 7-3 first quarter lead.

Buffalo (0-1) countered with a two-yard pass from Jeff Teul to Robert Woods in the second quarter before heading into halftime tied at 10-10. The Bills then took the lead on a Dan Carpenter field goal and held that advantage until Nassib and Washington connected.

Starting quarterback Eli Manning was 6-for-7 in three series for 43 yards but lost a fumble. EJ Manuel struggled in his two series, completing just two passes for only 19 yards.

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Bon Jovi Writes a Letter to Bills Fans

Bon Jovi Writes a Letter to Bills Fans

Paul Zimmerman/WireImage(CANTON, Ohio) -- New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi wrote a letter to Bills fans as the location of their team moving forward is in question.

The Buffalo News published a letter by Bon Jovi on Sunday that showed his intentions to keep them in Buffalo.

"There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo," Bon Jovi wrote. "I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day."

The Bills lease in Buffalo runs through the 2022 and the Bills Fan Alliance, a group of fans and business leaders still questioned Bon Jovi's letter.

"While we appreciate his sentiment, it's worth noting that nowhere in his letter does he write or directly state that he will 'not move the Bills from Buffalo,' " wrote the Alliance's directors, Matt Sabuda, Brian Cinelli and Steve Brady.

"Anything short of formal action taken on their part will be viewed as nothing more than rhetoric," the Alliance directors wrote."

Bon Jovi did not name the Toronto partners that are on his team in the letter published on Sunday.

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Bills DT Marcell Dareus Fails Conditioning Test

Bills DT Marcell Dareus Fails Conditioning Test

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(PITTSFORD, N.Y.) --  The Buffalo Bills opened their 2014 training camp over the weekend, but one of their best defensive players did not come prepared.

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus failed a conditioning test when he reported to camp, the team has confirmed.  Dareus remained on the active/non-football injury list as the Bills held their first training camp practice Sunday evening.

"He's not the only one, but obviously you want your players to come in and be ready to go," coach Doug Marrone said Sunday. "We're here for a long period of time and we'll make up for it."

Dareus reportedly will not re-take the conditioning test until Thursday, at the earliest. 

The Pro Bowler was also arrested twice this offseason and could face a suspension from the NFL.  Nonetheless, Marrone expects him to play at a high level this season.

"He'll be in shape and ready to play," Marrone said. "Right now he needs to focus on getting himself ready, getting himself on the field, and focus on football.

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Kiko Alonso Suffers Torn ACL

Kiko Alonso Suffers Torn ACL

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Buffalo Bills suffered a hit to their defense on Tuesday.  Top linebacker Kiko Alonso is expected to miss the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL injury.

"We feel badly for Kiko because he has worked very hard this offseason in preparation for the upcoming season, but we look forward to his return with his style of play that made him one of the league's outstanding rookies in 2013," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement on Wednesday.

Alonso was recovering from hip surgery this offseason. 

Alonso won the Defensive Rookie of the Year last season and finished third in combined tackles.

The Bills begin training camp on July 18.

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Saints Safety Jairus Byrd to Undergo Back Surgery

Saints Safety Jairus Byrd to Undergo Back Surgery

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- One of highest-profile free agents this off-season is set to undergo back surgery as New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd is set to go under the knife.

Saints head coach Sean Payton said that Byrd will probably miss all of OTA's as well as minicamps over the next month.

"This is something after the doctors looked at it, and the specialists out in [Los Angeles] looked at it, [they] felt this was one scenario that would kind of take care of it rather than try to [keep managing it]," Payton said of Byrd's surgery. "If it was during the season, you wouldn't go through the procedure. You would treat it symptomatically then."

Byrd is a three-time Pro Bowl player, and is one of the best at his position. Earlier in the off-season, the Saints signed Byrd to a six-year deal worth $54 million, with $20.03 million of that guaranteed.

The 27-year-old Byrd spent all five seasons of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills before signing with the Saints.

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