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 width=>>Bears Practice For Final Time Before Preseason Starts

(Bourbonnais, IL) -- The Bears completed their final practice Wednesday before the start of the
preseason schedule. Chicago was without right tackle Jordan Mills and right guard Kyle Long. Mills
was out with a sore foot, and Long missed the session due to a treatment on his right ankle. The Bears
take on the Eagles Friday.

>>Browns To Start Brian Hoyer In Preseason Opener

(Berea, OH) -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel [[ man-ZELL ]] will start his first NFL
game on the bench. Browns head coach Mike Pettine [[ PET-in ]] says Brian Hoyer will start Saturday's
preseason opener against the Detroit Lions.

Manziel may still get some reps with the first-team offense, and Pettine left open the possibility of
"Johnny Football" starting at some point in the preseason. Last week, the first-year head coach said he
wants to name a regular-season starter by the third preseason game.

>>Bon Jovi Group Getting Second Chance To Bid On Bills

(Undated) -- Jon Bon Jovi is getting a second chance to become the owner of the Buffalo Bills. But the
rocker and his Canadian partners need to do two things -- convince the seller of their sincerity to keep
the team in Upstate New York, and offer more money. Canada's QMI Agency says Morgan Stanley,
which is handling the sale for the Ralph Wilson trust, rejected the Bon Jovi group's initial bid, which
was reportedly no more than 900-million-dollars. By comparison, sources say Buffalo Sabres owner
Terry Pegula offered 1.3-billion for the Bills, and Donald Trump is said to have put in a one-billion-
dollar bid.

While Jon Bon Jovi had an open letter published in the "Buffalo News" over the weekend emphasizing
his group's commitment to the city, Morgan Stanley and the Wilson trust are apparently not convinced.
Relocation plans would be a deal-breaker. The Bills are locked into a veritable iron-clad stadium lease
through 2022. The team became an available NFL franchise earlier this year, following the death of
founder and owner Ralph Wilson in March.

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