The Buffalo Bills’ season-ticket sales total for the 2013 season is 42,540, the team announced Thursday. That’s down 725 season tickets from last year – or 1.67 percent.
Sunday’s season opener against the New England Patriots is sold out, and limited tickets are available for the Sept. 15 game against Carolina and the Sept. 29 game against Baltimore.
On one hand, the season-ticket total is respectable considering the Bills have not made the playoffs in 13 years and have started over again with a new regime this season. However, the total is believed to be in the bottom quarter of the NFL. (The league doesn’t release season-ticket rankings.)
The Bills’ season ticket totals over the past 10 years: 2013 – 42,540; 2012 – 43,265; 2011 – 37,355; 2010 – 43,925; 2009 – 55,194; 2008 – 56,011; 2007 – 48,236; 2006 – 43,187; 2005 – 47,246; 2004 – 42,553.
Sunday’s game-day sponsor, BlueRock Energy, will be giving away NFL-approved bags to fans at the gates as they enter the game. The team reports club level seats are still available for the game, as well as partial club season ticket packages.
Bills safety Jairus Byrd again was limited in practice Thursday. Byrd revealed he has plantar fasciitis in both feet and has been dealing with the condition since last season.
“It was just something that happened last year, actually, something that I played with last year,” Byrd said. “Things didn’t progress as I’d like them to over the offseason based off what protocol was told to me. I’m just trying to get my feet ready – that’s it – and help the team win as many games as we possibly can.”
Byrd has been one of the last players off the practice field each practice day this week, and that was his habit last year as well.
He usually catches passes from the JUGS machine in the field house to work on his ball skills.
Coach Doug Marrone said he couldn’t be happier with Byrd’s effort.
“He’s been a great pro, and that’s what I evaluate it on, how he’s doing for us in the locker room, on the field,” Marrone said. “So I have zero complaints with what he’s doing. As a matter of fact … I see a player that’s trying to get on this field, and it’s just not feeling right.”
New England’s top receiver, Danny Amendola, again was limited in practice Thursday due to a sore groin. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is not expected to play Sunday, also was limited as he works to come back from back and forearm surgery. Also limited were rookie receiver Aaron Dobson (hamstring) and backup running back Brandon Bolden (knee).
The Bills reached an injury settlement with fullback Drew Smith and released him from the injured reserve list.