Bills, Steelers combine for two practices this summer

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Buffalo and Pittsburgh will hold joint training camp practices Aug 13-14.

The Bills and Steelers will combine for two practices in LaTrobe, Pa. before their Week 2 preseason game on Aug. 16, as announced by the Steelers on Tuesday.

While plans have been in the works for some time, Pittsburgh solidified the agreement with its release of dates and times for combined sessions at Saint Vincent College.

- Wed., Aug 13: 3-5 p.m.
- Thurs., Aug 14: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“We are looking for certain things, and things that coach Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers bring to the table that would help us,” said Bills head coach Doug Marrone. “I think there are things we can do that help them prepare for the season.”

While Buffalo will have already faced a pair of opponents in a game setting before meeting the Steelers, the added wrinkle of competing against another squad in a controlled environment has its benefits as well.

“I already know it’ll raise the level of play,” said linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was a part of shared practices between the Patriots and Eagles in 2013. “It’s going to be very, very competitive and I embrace those types of deals. We’ll take advantage of the opportunity and get to see a good offense and good defense – they’ll give us a good look so we can get better.”

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The joint practices add yet another point of interest to the Bills preseason calendar.

The Bills open training camp, presented by Connors & Ferris, on July 20 at St. Fisher College in Rochester, NY, before travelling to Canton for Andre Reed’s enshrinement and the Hall of Fame game Aug 2-3.

After facing the Steelers, the Bills will return home to close out the preseason with back-to-back games at a newly-renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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The Bills last combined for practices against Green Bay in 2005, prior to a Week 2 preseason game in Orchard Park.