Bills Camp: Off-and-running

Quick updates on the Bills as training camp gets underway...

Training camp has officially started for the 2008 Buffalo Bills. Players started arriving at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y. during the day Thursday in time for practices, which began Friday morning. This year's camp will run from July 25 through August 20, when practices return to Orchard Park.

News and notes from camp:

Rookie class all signed, sealed and delivered

The Bills' first round draft choice, Leodis McKelvin, was the team's last rookie from this year's draft signed to a contract. McKelvin signed a five-year, $19.4 million contract with $12.6 in guaranteed money. He reported to camp in time to participate in the team's first full-contact practice. The Bills second round pick, WR James Hardy signed his contract Thursday night, just in time to report to camp for its opening on Friday. The rest of the Bills rookies were already signed to contracts.

Jason Peters Holdout

Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters remains a no-show at camp, and is holding out for a bigger payday from the Bills. Peters did not attend any off-season practices with the team, and has not been in contact with the team in any fashion, according to Bills COO Russ Brandon. It seems the Bills approach to the situation will be to not negotiate until Peters shows up at camp. For holding out, Peters will face a $15,000 per day fine. Peters is the only player on the team not attending camp.

Lynch won't face penalties from NFL

Running back Marshawn Lynch found out Monday he won't be facing any penalties from the NFL stemming from his hit-and-run incident on May 31. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced this when he was at camp to meet with owner Ralph Wilson Jr. and NY Senator Charles Schumer about the long-term viability of the franchise. Lynch pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run charges in June and will have to pay a $100 fine along with forfeiting his driver's license.

Jauron not worried about playoff guarantee

Much was made about strong safety Donte Whitner's playoff guarantee last month, but head coach Dick Jauron remains unfazed by the confident remarks.

"I don't have any problems with that, particularly with the players that have voiced them," Jauron told reporters. He added, "We've all seen them play. They're not people that don't walk the walk. They play hard. They know that the goal is to go to the playoffs. When we haven't made it, they've been very disappointed. They don't want to be disappointed again."


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