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Bills training camp melee sends Eric Wood into murderous rage

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Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood's helmet had been ripped off and a couple of punches delivered into his face.

A full-scale brawl erupted, and in the mass of bodies, Wood screamed he would murder the rookie who did it.

Toward the end of this morning's practice at St. John Fisher College, undrafted rookie defensive end Bryan Johnson locked up with Wood after a goal-line drill.

Running back Fred Jackson had slithered into the end zone. The play was over, but the battle was not.

Before the fight could be broken up, tight end Scott Chandler had taken Johnson to the ground. Chandler's helmet also was torn off. An incensed Wood marched toward Johnson and yelled, "I'll f------ kill you!"

Johnson, a roster long shot from West Texas A&M, stalked away without his helmet.

"Twenty-one days in pads and counting!" Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes bellowed with glee. "I love it! That's what happens, baby!"

Bills coach Doug Marrone wasn't amused.

"It's not part of the game," Marrone told reporters afterward. "Therefore, I don't want to speak about it. It hurts the integrity of our game the more we talk about it. That's how I feel about fighting."

  • rome middlesex

    please find a qb

    • Otis

      Never miss a chance to troll EJ.

      • rome middlesex

        sorry, im so tired of the developing qb in Buffalo.. Does that make me a bad person? lol

        • Lou68

          In this forum ...yes. A silly troll that is nothing but annoying....you need to spent a few years developing. Right now, you're a a waste of space.

          next question!

          • rome middlesex

            being told ej is a real nfl qb is annoying to me...... go bills... fire whaley

          • rome middlesex

            ejs lookn good

          • rome middlesex

            do you need a hug lou

        • Wayne Lester

          No it makes you one of the smart fans who have had enough EJacs for the past 20 years.

      • Wayne Lester

        Thats what im saying... never.

    • Wayne Lester

      Asking the Bills staff to find a quarterback is like asking someone to go into a round room and pizz in the corner.

  • WillMartin

    Talk about what you are doing to prevent it or punish for it then you fool Marrone - Wow hes bad with the media.

    • Wayne Lester

      Almost as bad as EJac is with a football.

  • Otis

    Wood vs. Johnson. There has to be a joke there somewhere.

    • ibiwisi

      Um....maybe it's a c**k fight?

    • Wayne Lester

      There is... EJac.

    • guest

      Now that is a funny comment!

  • ibiwisi

    Ah, sportsmanship....

    Now you know the REAL reason the Bills will never go to Toronto. A lot of them have rap sheets, and these guys sound like they're capable of getting some of their own, so it's going to be hard to clear them to cross the border repeatedly.

    • Wayne Lester

      The reason the Bills will never make it to Toronto is because EJacs passport will be batted down by a slight breeze before he has a chance to give it to the customs officer or it will be intercepted by a bird.

    • ptato22

      Are you actually serious? If they stop people from crossing the border for yelling profanities, no one's going North or South.

      • ibiwisi

        Yelling profanities is one thing; yelling that you're going to kill someone and then actually getting physical could lead to some more serious stuff. Time will tell what these guys might be capable of. If you don't think that what I'm saying is possible, just remember that there's a former Buffalo Bill sitting in jail in California for being mixed up in some seriously questionable behavior.

  • Austin Hood

    What incredibly detailed reporting. Wow! Imagine if everyone in our community was as concerned about the job market, and the economy and the social welfare of the people living in the city.

    We get a verbatim quote about what one jock said to another. Even the profanity. Isn't that special?

    At least we don't have to hear about Super Mario's $750,000 engagement ring.

    • billsox82

      Austin, you clicked on the story...what the hell were you expecting to read?

    • Wayne Lester

      And imagine if everyone in the Bills staff were smart enough to draft a good quarterback... but you know what they say... hope in one hand, shitz in another and see which one fills up faster.

    • Squeaky_Clean

      A "verbatim quote"? Mighty redundant there!!! So, let me get this straight, you're criticizing a newspaper for quoting the person they're reporting on? Wow. Well, OK.

      • Austin Hood

        "Chandler's helmet also was torn off. An incensed Wood marched toward Johnson and yelled, "I'll f------ kill you!" "

        You have to admit this is humerous. I never saw a quote like that in print before. Just sayin'.

  • Dale Zuchlewski

    Um, undrafted free agent gets into a fight with the starting veteran center. Something tells me the rookie won't be around after the first cuts are made

    • Wayne Lester

      This is the same staff of Einsteins who say they are "All In" with EJac... so I wouldnt be so sure.

  • Dave

    "Murderous Rage" exaggerate much?

    • Wayne Lester

      Ya sort of like calling EJac Manure a starting quarterback... but that bad.

    • Mike Michaels

      Exactly. Sully did the same thing when he called the Edwards-Fitzpatrick QB battle a "raging" QB controversy, like it was the second coming of Flutie-Johnson

    • Squeaky_Clean

      Publicly screaming, "I'm going to *******ing kill you." Um, no not exaggerating at all, strictly speaking. It's likely to be patched up in the locker room, but Wood has a history of yelling angry things at the defense, but nothing quite like that.

  • s835

    Then people wonder why Buffalo fans are so drunk?

    • Wayne Lester

      That would be the past 20 years of EJacs at quarterback.

  • Wayne Lester

    The good news for the Buffalo Bills is WHEN the teams does NOT break 6-10 this season the new owners will finally get a staff that will help Sammy "Superstar" Watkins and Bryce "First Down" Brown reach their full potential and toss out (like a Peyton "The Man" Manning football) over rated second string Quarter Back EJ" EJac Manure" Manuel, General Manager Doug "Winless" Whaley, Head Coach Doug "Moron" Marrone, Offense Coordinator Nathaniel "Can't" Hackett, former General Manager and now Special "Ed" Assistant Buddy "Duddy" Nix (in which Bills fans are still paying the price for his Quarter Back Quandries including EJac) and President/ CEO Russ "The Bust" Brandon who after being hired decided he couldn't use the "Money Ball" approach to build a winning football team and now has resorted to the "Monkey Ball" approach. Even in death "King" Ralph Wilson is still making the Bills a better team... Go 2015 BILLS!!!

    "You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe (like EJ will take the Bills to the playoffs). You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Remember -- all I am offering is the truth, nothing more."

    "I'm trying to show you (the manure in front of you) to free your (shoe if you don't) mind. But i can only show you the (manure at the) door. You're the one to has to walk (over the manure not) through it."

    Signed a Bills fan since 1978.

    • BuffaloDowntowner

      Yeah...we heard you before...not as amusing as you think.

      • WHAT?

        Trite and stupid, actually. Wow, a quote from a lousy movie, some lousy nicknames, and absolutely nothing about football to back up his BS.

        • Alex

          Wayne,
          At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    • Jack

      Oh wayne still an idiot I see.

    • Steve

      Your comment is not funny, amusing, witty or cute. It is horrifyingly cringe inducing.

    • Gattaca O’Neill

      Wayne "Grammar-molester" Lester

  • Paul Kawalerski

    Tim is obviously trying to get another article published in a national publication. "Murderous Rage". I hear the National Enquirer is looking for some copy.

    • Ridgewaycynic2013

      This paper continues the downward slide towards Toronto Sun / QMI media levels.

    • Squeaky_Clean

      Mr. Kawalerski, you do know that it's not the reporter who writes the headline, right? It's generally a copy editor. Look through the part Tim wrote and you won't find that phrase.

      • Paul Kawalerski

        Yes I'm sure the copy editor and the reporter never communicate on any of the titles. Actually I really don't care for Mr. Graham. His articles have generally been negative towards the Bills and in general cast doubt about the state of the organization. I would prefer if Mr Graham found a city that he supports to work in. Like Cleveland where he is from.

  • ptato22

    Not sure I'd want Wood coming after me in a murderous rage. Save that for New England.

  • RedNeck Rocket

    Though shall not mess with Thurman Merman

  • JandM98

    Murderous Rage ?
    Is this Weekly World News ? Where is the blurb about batboy ?

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