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Bills sale getting near finish line

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — The sale of the Bills is entering its final stage with prospective buyers asked to submit their formal bids in about two weeks, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The timetable was pushed back about a week because Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale on behalf of late owner Ralph Wilson's estate, trying to increase the number of prospective bidders, extended the deadline.

Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula are considered the frontrunners. New York City real estate developer Donald Trump and singer Jon Bon Jovi are also bidding.

No QB yet: Browns coach Mike Pettine isn't quite ready to name his starting quarterback. Pettine had been expected to announce today whether Johnny Manziel, the hyped rookie, or Brian Hoyer would start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh. Both played poorly in Monday's 24-23 preseason loss at Washington. Manziel also made an obscene gesture toward the Redskins' sideline, an act Pettine called "extremely disappointing."

Vikes, Kluwe settle: The Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights. The team will donate an undisclosed sum to five human rights charities over the next five years. Kluwe said he won't receive any money as part of the settlement.

Broncos: Running back Montee Ball had his first on-field work since his appendectomy Aug. 4.

Colts: General manager Ryan Grigson said safety Delano Howell, 24, is seeking more medical opinions about a neck injury that could threaten his season or even his career.

49ers: They signed defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who might miss the season with a biceps injury, to a two-year extension through 2016.

Steelers: They agreed to a six-year contract extension through 2019 with offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert and planned to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel, who wasn't retained after 2013.

Elsewhere: Former Titans, Panthers and Bears linebacker Tim Shaw, 30, announced he has ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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