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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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Eagles Trade Running Back Bryce Brown to the Bills

Eagles Trade Running Back Bryce Brown to the BillsNFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The Buffalo Bills continue to wheel and deal during the NFL Draft as they've most recently made a trade to acquire running back Bryce Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles. In order to get Brown, the Bills will send a conditi...

Bills Trade Wide Reciever Stevie Johnson to the 49ers

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Roger Goodell Thinks Bills Need New Stadium

Roger Goodell Thinks Bills Need New StadiumNFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- With the Buffalo Bills ownership in flux, commissioner Roger Goodell thinks that the team needs a new stadium as well. Despite undergoing $130 million in renovations during the offseason, Ralph Wilson Stadium is one of the...

Bills’ DL Marcell Dareus Arrested on Drug Charges

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Buccaneers Trade Wide Receiver Mike Williams to the Bills

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Jairus Byrd to Sign with Saints

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2014 Football Hall of Fame Class Announced

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Mike Pettine Named Cleveland Browns Head Coach

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/15/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/15/13Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Miami Dolphins 24 (8-6) - New England Patriots 20 (10-4) Kansas City Chiefs 56 (11-3) - Oakland Raiders 31 (4-10) Green Bay Packers 37 (7-6-1) - Dallas Cowboys 36 (7-7) Seattle Seahawks 23 (12-2) - New York Giants ...

Bills Clobber Jets 37-14

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Ed Reed Signs with Jets

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Packers Sign Matt Flynn

Packers Sign Matt FlynnElsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  A familiar face has returned to Green Bay. Less than two years after leaving to sign a $26 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Matt Flynn is back with the Packers. The Packers (5-4) need depth at...

Bills QB Manuel Cleared to Play

Bills QB Manuel Cleared to PlayRick Stewart/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Doctors fully cleared Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel to return from a knee injury suffered in an Oct. 3 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Bills head coach Doug Marrone still hasn't declared wh...

Chiefs Get by Bills, 23-13, Improve to 9-0

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Alex Smith Ready for Hostile Buffalo Crowd

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Brees Blows Saints Past Bills, 35-17

Brees Blows Saints Past Bills, 35-17Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Drew Brees threw five touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints defense forced three turnovers, as the Saints stomped the Buffalo Bills 35-17 Sunday. Buffalo took a 10-7 lead when Dan Carpenter connected on a 37-...

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