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Bills reporters aren’t tweeting about who made that interception because rules

One of these Bills quarterbacks — Cardale Jones (7), Tyrod Taylor (5) and EJ Manuel (3) — may or may not have thrown an interception, according to media reports. (Bill Wippert/Associated Press)
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When the Buffalo Bills began their organized team activities this week, they had a treat for the team’s reporters. A new set of guidelines prohibited media members from noting such seemingly noteworthy on-field moments as who dropped a pass, had one intercepted or is rushing the passer.

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Never mind that it’s still May, several months away from anything resembling meaningful football, and that tweets and stories about practices have never been shown to have an effect on the outcome of anything. But apparently out of some sort of concern that it might get embarrassed, or have some crucial information given away that might impact its ability to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, Buffalo was determined to restrict how specific reporters could get about what they saw.

That left many Bills reporters little choice but to post tweets that pointed out the absurdity of the teams’ new policy. Here are just of their amusing efforts:

The local reporters in Buffalo weren’t the only ones who had an issue with the Bills’ new policy. It drew national attention — and ridicule — with ESPN’s Adam Schefter calling it “draconian” and “a complete waste of time.”

Many noted that the Bills clearly didn’t mind if reporters specified who, say, caught a touchdown pass or broke off a big run, so the attempt to limit information on players’ mistakes appeared ludicrously thin-skinned and controlling. Meanwhile, one of Buffalo’s players had his own fun with it.

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