Bills News and Notes

Jim Kelly understands what Brett Favre's going through... Lynch upbeat at football camp...Jauron gives UFA LB a break...Moorman likes the Rogers Centre

--Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly told he can empathize with Green Bay's Brett Favre, who wants to end his brief retirement and play this season. His decision has caused a rift with the team because it has already made plans to move on without him. When Kelly retired 11 years ago, he soon had the itch to play again. But despite getting overtures from other clubs, he never laced up a chinstrap again. "No matter what you do if you've succeeded and you're passionate about the game you always have second thoughts," Kelly said. "You always know that you can still play better than some of the quarterbacks out there." Added Kelly on Favre: "It's tough for him, there's no doubt. He's passionate about the game just like I was. When you're passionate about something for so long and that's all you've ever done since you were a little boy and now all of a sudden you have nothing to do, that's hard."

--Fans and media are wondering and speculating how RB Marshawn Lynch, who pled guilty to a reduced charge stemming from a hit-and-run incident involving his SUV this offseason, will react and look when training starts next week. Reporters in his hometown of Oakland last weekend said Lynch was upbeat and playful as ever during his second annual Family First Football Camp. About 500 children ages 8-18 attended the camp at Lynch's old high school and he spent seven hours instructing the campers and signing autographs. "I'm all right," Lynch told the Oakland Tribune. "I don't really want to concern myself with anything else. I'm just here to spend some time with these kids, enjoy their company and go on home."

--Who says the NFL is a cold-hearted business? During minicamp in June, coach Dick Jauron told rookie free agent linebacker Jon Banks to stay home and be with his wife who had given birth to a baby girl. There are bigger things than football," Jauron said. "He wanted to come back because obviously as a rookie he wants a chance to make the team," Jauron said. "We encouraged him to stay home. He's going to miss three days. It'll be all right. He'll get back to training camp and will be ready to go."

--P Brian Moorman had nothing but good things to say about Toronto's Rogers Centre on a visit to promote Buffalo's Aug. 14 exhibition game against Pittsburgh and its Dec. 7 regular-season game against the Miami Dolphins. It only makes sense. Moorman will get the chance to play a "home" game in a dome. "A roof for a December home game? As a kicker, you have to like that," Moorman told Sun Media. "You are talking to a guy who plays at Ralph Wilson Stadium in some bad winter conditions. I remember once against Arizona when I put my helmet down after a play and it started blowing across the field. So, yeah, I'm all for playing indoors at that time of year."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The efforts going on to regionalize the team I think are strengthening the team and making the team more successful in Buffalo. I think that's what's positive, and I think that's what the fans should understand. It's good for the Bills and I believe it will be good for the fans overall." -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell commenting on the Bills move to play a series of games in Toronto.

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