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Packers-Bills Press Box Notes


TONIGHT: After the most competitive week of training camp, the Packers square off against Buffalo for the second time in two weeks (the Bills practiced and scrimmaged at Green Bay Aug. 4-5).

PACKERS SCRATCHES: A preliminary list of players who will not play tonight:

Bedell, Brad (hamstring)

Campbell, Kurt (knee)

Diggs, Na'il (knee)

Harris, Al (quad)

Hunt, Cletidus (knees/shoulder)

Leach, Vonta (knee)

Martin, David (groin)

Murphy, Terrence (knee)

Roman, Mark (hamstring)

Thomas, Joey (groin)

Williams, Corey (back/side/ribs)

GREEN TOPS AMONG ACTIVE BACKS: Packers halfback Ahman Green, who this year can suprass James Lofton's all-time Green Bay total offense record, leads all active players in average yards per carry entering the 2005 NFL season:

Player -- Att., Yds., Avg.

Ahman Green -- 1,528 - 7,177 - 4.697

Priest Holmes -- 1,615 - 7,584 - 4.696

Jamal Lewis -- 1,239 - 5,763 - 4.651

Fred Taylor -- 1,637 - 7,580 - 4.630

Charlie Garner -- 1,537 - 7,097 - 4.617

BUFFALO IN THE PRESEASON: Green Bay plays its first preseason game at Buffalo in 25 years, since a 1980 clash at Rich Stadium. The last three meetings in the preseason series have been played on "neutral" fields (1989 and 1991 at Madison, Wis., and 1997 at Toronto, Canada).

NO. 2 ON THE PRESEASON DOCKET: The Packers have won their second preseason game each of the last four years, and in nine of the last 10 seasons…Green Bay, however, hasn't won its first two preseason contests — something it can accomplish tonight — since 1999, en route to a 4-0 record. The Packers that year went on to post an 8-8 regular-season mark, their worst during the Brett Favre era (1992-present). However, two years earlier, the Packers also went undefeated in preseason (5-0) and went to the Super Bowl.

NEXT WEEK: Green Bay returns home to host the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the annual Bishop's Charities Game at Lambeau Field; kickoff Friday is 7 p.m. CDT…Buffalo also will be in action that night in an NFC North city, at Chicago, an 8 p.m. EDT start.

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