AFC East: Bruce Hall
The Buffalo Bills announced Sunday afternoon the eight players who will comprise their practice squad to start the season.
The following players cleared waivers and signed up for the taxi squad:
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The first day of Buffalo Bills minicamp just wrapped up, but we haven't had a chance to talk to the players just yet. Only receiver Terrell Owens has faced reporters so far because the team had its annual NFL-mandated media training at 12:20 p.m. We'll get access to the rest of the team in a bit.
For now, here are a few observations from the field house.
- The Bills' offense didn't huddle once. They spent the entire practice working in a hurry-up format. Quarterback Trent Edwards looked sharp with the first unit, moving methodically up the field and getting the plays off with plenty to spare.
- Running back Marshawn Lynch didn't practice. He was present but never put on his helmet. We don't know why yet.
- Roscoe Parrish fielded punts with running backs Dominic Rhodes and Bruce Hall at the start of practice, but Parrish went to the sidelines with ice on his lower right leg for the rest of the morning.
- Brian Moorman, one of the best and most consistent punters in the league, had a terrible day. You'd have to think he was working on a certain nuance or trying something new.
- Rookie safety Jairus Byrd wasn't there because of a quirky NFL rule. Beyond rookie camp, NFL rules prohibit first-year players from reporting to their teams before May 16 or until their college holds final exams, whichever comes later. Oregon's run June 8 through June 12.
- The first-string offensive line Tuesday was left tackle Langston Walker, left guard Andy Levitre, center Geoff Hangartner, right guard Seth McKinney and right tackle Brad Butler. Eric Wood also got some first-team work at right guard.
- Sophomore project Demetrius Bell was the second-team left tackle.
- The best catch of the day was a long Gibran Hamdan pass down the right sideline to Steve Johnson. The ball threaded safety Ko Simpson and cornerback Ashton Youboty, and Johnson made a great leaping grab to stay inbounds.
An announcement could come as soon as Thursday. Lynch would have 20 days to appeal NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision, but the Bills might want to make sure they have a running back for the first three weeks of the upcoming season.
Lynch's almost-exclusive backup, Fred Jackson, doesn't have a contract and isn't close in negotiations for a new one. The Bills talked to free agents Fred Taylor, Kevin Jones and DeShaun Foster but have failed to sign any veteran help.
The hard-charging Lynch will be hard to replace. He made the Pro Bowl last year, running for 1,036 yards and eight touchdowns and catching 47 passes for 300 yards and one touchdown.
The Bills will open their season on "Monday Night Football" against the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. Beyond that, the NFL regular-season schedule hasn't been finalized.
Lynch was suspended because he got in trouble with the law twice in a nine-month span.
He was the driver in a hit-and-run incident in Buffalo on May 31. After controversial legal maneuvering that infuriated the community, Lynch escaped with a traffic ticket because the woman's injuries weren't severe.
The NFL didn't punish Lynch for that episode, but Goodell put him on notice.
Lynch was arrested Feb. 11 in Culver City, Calif., on three felony gun possession charges. Police approached Lynch and two other males in a suspiciously parked 2006 Mercedes-Benz. The officers reportedly smelled marijuana and performed a search of the vehicle. They claimed to find four marijuana-filled cigars and a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun they determined was Lynch's.
The gun charges were reduced, and Lynch eventually agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of a concealed firearm in a vehicle. He received two years probation and 80 hours community service.
NOTE: For those curious why I've included a chart with 2007 rushing stats, I thought it would better illustrate how the Bills performed without Lynch in the lineup since he missed three games that year and only one in 2008. In the lone game Lynch missed last season, Jackson ran 27 times for 136 yards against the Patriots.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
But they had a lot of assets they preferred to keep.
BuffaloBills.com writer Chris Brown wraps up all the moves they made Thursday.
The low tender is for one year at $1.01 million and gives the Bills the opportunity to match any offer sheet those players might sign. If the Bills decline to match, they would receive a draft pick commensurate with where that player was drafted -- in Ellison's case a sixth-round pick, and in Wilson's case nothing because he wasn't drafted.
The Bills also retained the rights to several exclusive-rights players: Quarterback Matt Baker, running back Fred Jackson, running back Bruce Hall, tight ends Derek Schouman and Jonathan Stupar, defensive end Copeland Bryan, linebacker Blake Costanzo and long snapper Ryan Neill.
One move not listed in Brown's report is tackle Kirk Chambers. My sources tell me terms have been reached on a multiyear deal. Chambers would have been an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Friday.