Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Coach Marrone unloads on his undisciplined Bills

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Bills coach Doug Marrone blew up at his players Thursday, sending a message that he's fed up with too many fights and post-whistle shoving matches during practice.

He cleared the field during the middle of a team drill and ordered players to run sprints after several of them exchanged shoves. That included receiver Marquise Goodwin pushing down rookie cornerback Sam Miller from behind.

Marrone then directed his anger at starting defensive end Jerry Hughes on the sideline. Looking directly at Hughes, he used several profanities in telling the player to stop complaining. "Why can't you handle it as players?" he yelled. He then motioned toward the locker room and said: "Do you want to play on this team?" Once again looking at Hughes, Marrone said: "If you've got a problem with me, you need to come and tell me."

Marrone spent a few minutes meeting with Hughes following practice. Walking off the field, Hughes referred questions about what happened to Marrone, and added: "the head coach took care of it."

Afterward, Marrone said his comments were directed at the team and not Hughes. "That's directed at anyone who doesn't want to be part of the team," Marrone said. "I told Jerry that I love the way he practices and I love the way he plays special teams and how he goes about it. And we've got to get some other guys who are starters to do that."

The Bills will have two more walk-throughs — both closed to the public and media — before traveling to Orchard Park Saturday for their preseason game against Tampa Bay.

Marrone said WR Sammy Watkins (bruised ribs) and CB Leodis McKelvin (groin) have not been cleared to play.

Steelers situation: Pittsburgh running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop Wednesday, played in Thursday's 31-21 loss at Philadelphia. Coach Mike Tomlin said he played them late into the game as a form of punishment. "I'm sorry to be a distraction to the team,'' Bell said after the game. "I just want to apologize to my team, to the coach and the organization for causing that distraction,'' Blount said.

Chiefs: Linebacker Joe Mays needs surgery on the wrist he injured last weekend. Mays, expected to start alongside Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker, will likely have the procedure this week.

Colts: Owner Jim Irsay's trial on two misdemeanor charges stemming from a March traffic stop has been postponed, and Hamilton County court records show it has been rescheduled for Oct. 30. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, asked if the delay affects the timing on any potential discipline, said: "We do not believe it is constructive to discuss the timing of potential discipline."

Cowboys: Linebacker DeVonte Holloman, 23, has a career-ending neck injury related to a spinal problem that kept him out almost half of his rookie season a year ago. Coach Jason Garrett said Holloman was advised not to play again after doctor evaluations this week. … QB Tony Romo returned to practice after missing Wednesday's session. … Cornerback Sterling Moore practiced for the first time since late in training camp.

eagles: Running back LeSean McCoy left the preseason game against the Steelers with a right thumb injury. X-rays were negative. Receiver Jeremy Maclin slipped without being hit after making a cut and immediately grabbed his right knee. Maclin, who missed all of last season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, walked off on his own, was evaluated and returned to the game.

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